Benge 3x+ MLP SN#4571 Silver plate is about 90% the valves are like butter after a having the valves re-plated & horn checked over by Charlie Melk.
This is a hard horn to let go It REALLY plays well!
Vintage Burbank Benge 3X+ MLP (MLP = .464) SN# 4571 from early 1962. Another fine playing vintage horn, these horns are great for playing lead. Nice and bright with out being harsh or strident. The Medium Large Plus (.464 bore) lets you blow with lots of air for maximum sound! Minor dents / dings. The lacquer is about 80% The mechanics are perfect. 1st slide trigger works as it should. This is a player! No Case/MPC
In 1953, Eldon Benge retired from playing, resigned from the orchestras that he played with in Chicago, and moved to southern California. He continued making trumpets in his garage in Burbank, located at 1122 W Burbank Blvd.
Elden Benge was killed in a car accident in front of this house in 1960, and his son Donald then ran the company. The production was around five per week or 225 horns per year prior to 1960 and increased to twenty-two horns per week from 1960 to 1971.