Armstrong can be good horns and the ones I have had (1 alto 1 tenor) were copies of Keilwerths to the point that necks could be switched.Thanks, Turf, and all you others for your helpful information. The horn, unfortunately, is a 90 minute drive away over a pass that was washed out by floods a week ago (now partially repaired) and petrol is being rationed because floods have seriously derailed the supply chain. I’d love to try the Conn, but I can’t do so without a better understanding of what’s for sale. If I can get there, play it, and like it, I’m assuming it will be a significant step up from my Armstrong tenor. The Armstrong is solid, has no leaks, and clunks along. The tone is uninspiring but that could well just be me. So whatever this Shooting Star/Star Burst proves to be, I’m hoping for improvement.
You guessed it — “sunny” Victoria, where November is the cruellest month — REALLY cruel this year!My first tenor was an Armstrong 3055T, which I still have. The 3055 is also the last American horn to sport rolled tone holes. It's not the most solid build, and needs a couple new pads, so I haven't been playing it.
But once its warmed up, it has a really great, raucous tone. I've not only gigged with this horn, but like it so much that I just bought an Armstrong 3070 bari. Canada seems to have a lot of old Armstrongs floating around.
Mando, I'm guessing you're in beautiful and jazzy BC, which has been just pummelled by the changing climate. Stay safe and dry, and hopefully they'll have supplies flowing again soon!
I’m beginning to suspect something like that! Unlike Milandro’s Armstrong, mine doesn’t have any sort of model name/number — only the serial # and Elkhart, Indiana. To my seriously untrained eye, it looks a lot like the Shooting Star Squealer has for sale, other than the guards.From what I can tell, Armstrongs can be any of a wide variety of makers - Conn, Keilwerth, and who knows what all else. Heck, you might have a 16M Conn right there under another name already!
Sorry, unlike ZOOT’S Armstrong….I’m beginning to suspect something like that! Unlike Milandro’s Armstrong, mine doesn’t have any sort of model name/number — only the serial # and Elkhart, Indiana. To my seriously untrained eye, it looks a lot like the Shooting Star Squealer has for sale, other than the guards.