Today I have for sale an RMC Martin Committee Large #3 Bore in a silver finish. For those of you that already know the Martin Committee story, this will be old news, but for those of you that have never had the pleasure to play a vintage Martin Committee, particularly one of the far more rare large bore Committees, this will be new to you.
In 1939, a "Committee" of some of the finest symphony trumpet players, along with Renold Schilke, Foster Reynolds, Elden Benge, and Vincent Bach - all of whom went on to design and manufacture their own lines of trumpets, met to collaborate on what was to be the ultimate trumpet. That same year, the Martin Band Instrument Company built this design and named it the "Martin Committee" after the name of the committee that designed this fine instrument.
When the Martin Committee first entered the jazz scene in the early 1940's, almost every professional trumpeter that you can name played the famous Martin Committee. The horn was made famous by Miles Davis, who played Martin Committees until they were no longer manufactured, and contracted with Martin to continue to build the Committee model just for him. And Miles was not alone. Chet Baker, Maynard Ferguson, Roy Eldridge, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Conti Candoli, and an international host of other trumpet professionals played the Martin Committee.
It has been said that just about the only professional player who did NOT play the Martin Committee was Clifford Brown, who played a Blessing Super Artist. Throughout the golden age of jazz, through the 1940's, 1950's, and the 1960's, the Martin Committee was considered THE HORN for trumpet playing professionals. Much later, trumpeter Chris Botti bought a vintage 1939 Martin Committee Handcraft (the horn he still plays to this very day by the way) and found that the Martin Committee had the lush, deep, smoky, honey dipped sound that one just could not duplicate in a modern horn, and has made the Martin Committee famous all over again. I have owned many vintage Martin Committees.My first horn was a beautiful 1946 Martin Committee medium bore. I then was lucky enough to find a 1948 Martin Committee Deluxe if the Large #3 bore, AND a 1960 Martin Committee Large #3 bore. Along the way, I was fortunate enough to acquire several different Martin Committee trumpets. The medium bore Committees are very nice playing horns, don't get me wrong, but the very best playing horns are the LARGE BORE horns, and they are very hard to come by.
What is an RMC Committee? The Martin Band Instrument Company changed hands over the years, and RMC, which some claim to represent as the "Roundtable of Musical Craftsmen" was actually the Richards Music Company, that had recently taken over the Martin Company. Some say that the RMC Martin Committees didn't have the same sound as the original Martin Committees, but I just don't believe that.
Having owned at least 6 large bore Committees (1 Handcraft Committee, 3 regular large bore Committees, 1 Deluxe large bore Committee, and 1 RMC Committee), I can truthfully say that this horn, this RMC Committee plays superbly and has a sound like my other Committees, that unmistakable, smoky, dark, honey dipped sound that the Martin Committee is well known for. T hese are very fine playing instruments and they are no longer made!
It took me years of searching to be able to find a large bore Committee in good shape. Don't sleep on this great horn, or it will be gone!
The item "MARTIN TRUMPET LGE BORE COMMITTEE #3 BEAUTIFUL HORN ON SALE REDUCED PRICE" is in sale since Monday, November 26, 2018. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Brass\Trumpets".
The seller is "tptpro" and is located in Germantown, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States.