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hal smith
hal smith

November 2nd, 2017, 6:49 am #1

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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

November 2nd, 2017, 1:29 pm #2

From the auction page: "Bing and Louis met in the early 1920's." Bing did not go east until 1926.

From Louis Armstrong's timeline:

1930 In the 1930's the popularity of Jazz declined in favour of Swing. Armstrong moved to Los Angeles and played at the New Cotton Club in LA where he first met Bing Crosby
Source: http://www.datesandevents.org/people-ti ... meline.htm

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Alan Nellis
Alan Nellis

November 2nd, 2017, 2:03 pm #3

Of course it is a cornet. I can't imagine Louis ever owned anything like this. See these kinds of claims on ebay from time to time. Looks like a 5 or 6 digit serial number. According to "Horn-u-Copia" it would be post 1945.
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Scott Philbrick
Scott Philbrick

November 2nd, 2017, 2:48 pm #4

Highly doubtful! The Frank Company was known for average quality instruments at best and unless it was a movie prop, Louis would have had no reason to own or play the cornet listed on Ebay. Now, if it was a gold plated Selmer trumpet the story might have a glimmer of possibility.
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Mark Gabrish Conlan
Mark Gabrish Conlan

November 2nd, 2017, 3:34 pm #5

The auction listing describes the item as a "prop trumpet." It might be the one used by Brian Donlevy when he played a jazz trumpeter in the 1941 film "Birth of the Blues," in which Bing Crosby started as a jazz clarinetist and singer and Jack Teagarden essentially played himself as the band's trombonist.
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Alan Nellis
Alan Nellis

November 2nd, 2017, 4:22 pm #6

Looking at stills from the film, Donlevy is holding a shepherd's crook model. Looking at pics again the 107XXX serial number puts this horn post WWII.
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