The leadpipe has a patch from solid silver done in the way Eldon would create a patch himself. At some point the horn will need a new leadpipe but truthfully this horn belongs in a museum and if you want a horn to play daily this horn is really not it. The wear patch on top of the 3rd valve is original it is something Benge would install to keep finger acid from wearing through the slide it is on many other Chicagos I have owned including #608 which I also have for sale. There is also a small round patch where the thumb touchs the bell its another wear spot you can tell these were professionally done.
The valves are in excellent condition with great compression. Steve Hubbard checked them no work was needed.The slide stop may or may not be original the one on #608 is and it is the same. Again these horns at the time were custom and built by Eldon to his customers exact specifications. The bore size is an M or ML there is no marking it isnt a LB those were 15XX serial numbers. The horn plays great I would say a bit tight but most Chicagos play on the small side compared to later Burbanks. If you are looking for a player #608 would be a better choice its more open. Another interesting fact is Benge was assisted by Reynold Schilke his neighbor to refine his horns. This horn could have also been touched by him which is also cool. Included is a Benge case it is from the Pre War time not in the best condition but it is the correct case. I have also included a gold plated C. Purviance 43 mouthpiece my personal favorite mouthpiece. See my other auctions I have lots of great Benge horns available. If you have any questions let me know.
The item "1937 Benge Chicago #558 Case & Mouthpiece. Legendary Horn Extremely Rare Find" is in sale since Saturday, January 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Brass\Trumpets".
The seller is "jazzyoldbenge" and is located in Sachse, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.