Olds Ambasador SN# 40218 Los Angeles (Circa 1949)
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Shipping Weight: 16.00 pounds
|Olds Ambasador SN# 40218 Los Angeles (Circa 1949)
This Horn could use a little love but that being said this is a fine playing horn!
Olds produced about 800 horns a year before WWII, and perhaps
2000/year immediately after the war. Shortly after the war they
introduced the immensely successful Ambassador line.
Production immediately increased to around 10,000 horns
a year, and accelerated to about 27,000 a year before moving
to Fullerton in 1955. Many people believe that the Ambassador
remains the best student trumpet (or cornet) ever built, rivaling
many modern pro trumpets. It is a very open, responsive horn
with great intonation, excellent tone, and fantastic valves. At
least one designer and builder of custom trumpets begins every
horn with an Ambassador valve section. He claims to have
disassembled and worked on virtually every brand of horn
on the market, and finds the Ambassador valves to be the most
reliable, trouble-free, smooth-playing valve section ever made.
According to an email message posted from Zig Kanstul, the models
of trumpets made by Olds in the late 1940's, 1950s and 1960's all
were made with the same bell mandrel, to the same specifications --
from the Ambassador all the way to the Mendez. (although some
models used different materials). The only exceptions were the
Opera (which had a larger bore) and the Custom. According to
another former Olds designer, Olds was a "one tolerance shop" --
in other words all models of horns were made to the same tolerance.
In particular, it is said that this was true from the Ambassador
trumpet all the way through the Mendez. The Ambassador and
Mendez were designed at roughly the same time, and were
intended to be essentially the same horn (even using the same brass,
with the same thickness of metal), made to the same tolerances.
Kanstul seems to remember that the Ambassador may have had a
different lead pipe. But for those who are not put off by the fact that
the Ambassador was a student model, there are some truly great
horns available at bargain prices!|