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Published on Apr 8, 2012
From the Collection of legendary trumpeter Forest Buchtel this Burbank Benge SN# 7954 Large Bore hails from the Burbank period (Circa 1970) The bell just says "Custom Made by E. Benge" 1122 W Burbank Blvd. The description from and old Burbank Benge catalog states: 6X .468 Large sonorous tone well suited for the powerful player. This horn is a incredible player and perfect for someone who desires a light weight horn to sit on top of a big band. It possess a beautiful sound from top to bottom! In 1953, Benge retired from playing, resigned from the orchestras that he played with in Chicago, and moved to southern California. He continued making trumpets in his garage in Burbank, located at 1122 W Burbank Blvd Elden Benge was killed in a car accident in front of his house in 1960, and his son Donald then ran the company. The production was around five per week or 225 horns per year prior to 1960 and increased to twenty-two horns per week from 1960 to 1971. During this stretch they made B flats in several models, According to Donald Benge the 3x and the large bores are both Chicago era designs,