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Pelitti • Milano • c. 1900

Pelitti was one of Italy’s premiere makers of brasswinds for the second half of the 19th century.

This mechanical rotary cornet is unusual in that the bell is double-wrapped, bringing it to the brink of “pocket cornet” size.  It is silver plated with gold trim.

Owned by an Italian bandleader who immigrated to the US, it was passed down in the family until purchased by me. It was in a severe state of disrepair. It was so tarnished, that my first impression is that it had been spray painted black! Nearly every part was damaged or stuck, and restoration was conducted over a one year period.

It is now playable, although the valves are leaky.


Length: 10.625”

Bell Diameter: 3.875”

Bore: .425

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