Some old horns seem haunted. Ever wonder who blew their spirit, art, essence down that brassy tunnel before you? What narrative have you created or might you speculate about your horn's previous owner?
@MyMartinTenor Oh yes, I want those stories too, the true ones too. Where did he play, was he a pro, what did he play, etc.? All desirableI bought my 1954 The Martin directly from the first owner's daughter, after he passed. His name was inscribed on the inside of the case. So no, I know exactly who played my horn before me! Kinda love that I'm the second owner of a horn from 1954.
@adamk I have to ask: what is a sleeper, and a 156?15 years ago or so I bought a Buescher from Shopgoodwill. My tech said they were sleepers and the 156. The first thing I played on it after his overhaul was Blue Moon, never played before or since. The previous owner must have played it a lot.
An impossibility. But I did have one experience with one of numerous vintage horns I've owned that is on topic. It's an ancient Conn bari given to me long ago, and after coming to this site way back when, I was inspired to get it back into playing shape and match the right mouthpiece to it. When it was ready, I took it out one night and sat in with a local funk band. Heck of a night, and I couldn't help but think of what the horn's original owner might have thought of the situation. Of course, likely being long dead, they'd be hard pressed to formulate a response. In the back of my mind though, while I was playing, I thought maybe the horn would appreciate its new life. No. The horn didn't know the difference either. It's not alive. It won't love you back. It's simply an object we use to make music.Some old horns seem haunted.