claude gordon

claude gordon

Claude Gordon Benge SN# 19948

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Claude Gordon Benge SN 19948 Manufactured around 1976 This horn features a light weight bell with a .464 choke at the bell stub. The bore size through the valve section is .468. this is the quenticential horn for commercial and lead trumpet players in the 70\'s . At this same time, Claude was working with Benge to develop his own signature model. Basically, the CG Benge was a Benge 6X Large Bore with the following modifications: 464" bell tube, where it attaches to the stud off the first valve casing (this is often referred to as a "choke"); Leadpipe that was an exact copy of Claude\'s pre-WW2 French Besson Meha on which he did all his studio playing; and Bell buffed down to be extremely thin so as to give the horn\'s sound a good "sizzle" (many of the players back then were having this done to their horns on a custom basis). Later when Zig Kanstul took over as manager for Benge he noticed that workers were spending many hours custom buffing down the metal on the CG Benge bells (over-buffing and losing a lot of them), so he made the intelligent decision to make the CG bells from a thinner gauge of brass--more consistent, quicker and cheaper. Thus, the Benge Claude Gordon model. This horn is pristine! It had two very small dents in the bell that came out very easily. You would be hard pressed to find a trace of the cosmetic repair. It is a nice thin bell stamped CG at the bell ferule. Also stamped CG on the 2nd valve above the 2nd slide.Comes with original case and CG 7 Mouthpiece. Excellent Player with like new compression.