1938 Martin Handcraft Imperial Trumpet in Raw Brass

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SKU UTPT Martin HCI 781
Weight 6.00 LBS
Height 12.00 (in)
Width 24.00 (in)
Depth 12.00 (in)
Shipping $35.00

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The Martin Handcraft Imperial is my absolute favorite vintage instrument! The horn is all original, and the raw brass is just beginning to develop an even patina. Valves are smooth and free, and all the slides work great. Reverse tuning slide. Compression is good (around 1.5 on the Mag), and we recommend using Hetman #3 on this horn.

#2 medium Step bore (similar to Committee).

Do not confuse the later post-committee "Imperials" with this one! While the later Imperial was an intermediate horn this Handcraft Imperial was the absolute top of the line of its time for Martin. This is a beautiful trumpet with classic art deco design details (see photos). Here's a video of a similar Martin Handcraft Imperial:


If you wanted a Committee but didn't want to fight the intonation issues of that horn the HCI is a superb option. In my opinion this is the finest trumpet Martin ever made, rich, warm creamy while still maintaining enough carrying power to play in a section or even play 1st parts on. Here's a video of a Handcraft Imperial from the same era:

There are some small pings in the leadpipe and bell bow, a small dent in the second slide crook, and some scratching around the rim of the bell but overall the horn is in great condition. Compression is quite good, no red rot. Here's another clip of Trent, playing Monk's "Trinkle, Tinkle" on a similar HCI:


(Comes with no case or mouthpiece)

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