A stunning player with lightning fast valve action, and excellent compression. It is a JAZZ players delight! One spot of Red rot on the lead pipe. Charlie Melk is making pipes for these as well as other repair techs. It doesn’t need to be displace but in full disclosure I had to mention it. The serial number of 194436 reflects the year of manufacture of 1955. Instruments with serial numbers between 140,000 and 210,000 are arguably the most valued horns for their playing but good horns were produced later and earlier than those dates. Excellent Compression excellent valve and slide action. Lacquer is fair at around 80% intact. but I did not find any redrot I Tuning slide. Comes with original case and Schilke 14A4a Mpc.
When Asked about the Martin Committee Renold Schilke said � It was a designed by a committee of one, ME’
The Martin Committee trumpet was originally designed in the late 1930s for the Martin Band Instrument Company by a ‘committee’ of diverse players and teachers.
The first advertisement for the Martin Committee ran in the December 1, 1940 issue of Down Beat. It listed the committee as follows:
� Fred Berman, popular radio staff star, probably the busiest trumpet player and teacher in Boston.
� Otto Kurt Schmeisser, formerly with the Boston and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, later a successful teacher in Detroit.
� Jimmy Neilson, Band Director and Instrumental Instructor, Oklahoma City University – an outstanding trumpet and cornet artist.
� Dana Garrett, formerly cornet soloist of the Sousa Band – now first trumpet, Capitol Theatre, Washington, D.C.
� Renold Schilke, one of the most highly skilled artists in America, first trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
� Charlie Spivak, rated ‘tops’ by everybody who knows – now heading his own fine combination.
The input of the committee was taken into consideration during the Committee trumpet’s design process.
The horn became widely adopted in jazz music because of its warm, rich sound and flexible intonation. It has a unique sound that has been described as ‘dark and smokey’.
Miles Davis played custom-made Committees throughout his career. Other notable players include Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Lee Morgan, Maynard Ferguson, Art Farmer, Wallace Roney, and Chris Botti.
When Martin was purchased by Leblanc, the original Committee design was discontinued and a new instrument carried the name. These horns were produced until 2007, when the Martin brand was dropped by Selmer who had purchased Leblanc in 2004