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As we continue to discover what is in this collection, we are able to see the connection of many musicians from the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's and beyond. Duke Ellinton, Earl Hines, Louis Jordan, and Chicago finest were a part of Charlie Allen's world. This is American Jazz history, literallly right at your finger tips!
WE HAVE LISTED AND SOLD RARE BENGE, HOLTON, BACH, MARTIN, HENRI SELMER PARIS, CIMERA-SARAS, FUCHS, BELLAIRE, LEBLANC, KING AND MANY OTHER BRANDS. NOW WE HAVE SORTED OUT THE CHARLIE ALLEN CUSTOM MOUTHPIECES. THIS IS A SPECTACULAR ONE, IT IS NOT SIGNED BUT IT IS IDENTICAL TO THE OTHER SIGNED ONES WE HAVE. WE HAVE CHARLIE ALLEN'S INVENTORY! WE CALL THIS THE "BRONZEVILLE MODEL", IN HONOR OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND LOCATION THAT CHARLIE ALLEN LIVED AND PERFORMED IN CHICAGO. A SMOOTH SOPHISTICATED CLASSIC CHARLIE ALLEN MOUTHPIECE!
VINTAGE CHARLIE ALLEN MOUTHPIECE
WE AQUIRED A FEW OF THESE ALL DIFFERENT MARKINGS, SHAPES AND SIZES.
THE MOUTHPIECE IS APPROXIMATELY 3 1/2' LONG AND WEIGHS 3.8 OZS
THE METAL IN NONMAGNETIC, BUT I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TYPE OF METAL IT IS.
VERY RARE FIND!
THIS IS IN ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION, WE JUST CLEANED IT WITH A CLOTH.
Allen played in various groups in Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s. Later in his life he became a music educator, worked in the Chicago Musicians' Union, and designed custom trumpet mouthpieces (used by Cat Anderson, among others).
Mouthpiece design –
“Those Allen mouthpieces were beautiful. They had fancy little flowers and elaborate designs on the rim.”
“It has little gems around the outer cup as was the way Charlie Allen made them …”
Other musicians who were known to have original CA Charlie Allen mouthpieces:
·Dave Rodgers (New York trumpet player)
1.AARON IZENHALL – Signed Original - (Sold)
2.LEE COLLINS – Signed Original - (Sold)
3.HAROLD "Money" JOHNSON – Signed Original - (Sold)
4. "Mole" - Miff Mole?
5. "Duke" - Duke Ellington?
Cat Anderson & Lamar Wright with Charlie Allen mouthpieces.
His mouthpiece was very shallow and had a cushion rim which was customary with a Charlie Allen mouthpiece. Charlie Allen was a mouthpiece maker out of Chicago that catered to the high note players. Cat told me he would have to take his piece, when on the bandstand , out of the trumpet and put it in his coat pocket at every break or 9 times out of 10 it would be gone when he got back. When the band was playing, he would keep a handkerchief over the piece when it was on his trumpet stand because he had so many people leaning over the trumpet section, trying to get a look at it, most times they would eventually fall on one of them. This would happen in the small venues the band played, but it became a habit with him.
Lamar Wright also used a Charlie Allen mouthpiece. He wasn't quite as crazy as Cat, but he took his mouthpiece out of the horn when he left the bandstand.
ALLEN'S MOUTHPIECES WERE PREFERRED BY TRUMPETERS WHO PLAYED THE HIGH RANGE, MAYBE YOU CAN HIT A FEW HIGH NOTES TOO!
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