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F.E. Olds / R. Stewart ”Military” Pocket Conversion
no. 3125 • 1930 / 2008

Another terrific “what if” instrument, which I commissioned from Robb Stewart. The Military model was known for its unique hand-hammered bell, which was an available option for other Olds cornets as well, with the exception of the Super model.  In order to pull off this project, Robb had to rediscover the techniques used by the Olds craftsmen to create the hammered bell, since re-bending the bell crook obliterated the original hammer marks.  Additionally, the bell branch was created from scratch and needed hammering to match the main bell. The effect is identical – and spectacular!

Note also the treatment of the mouthpipe; an effort in keeping with the Military’s original configuration.

This pocket turned out to be an excellent player as well.

Length (shank removed): 8.75”

Bell Diameter: 4.5”

Bore: .453

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