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Olds Valve Trombone
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Jun 13, 2012
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US $360.00
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Palo Alto, California, United States


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Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition


Trombone Type: Valve Model:


Skill Level: Intermediate

Olds Valve Trombone


This auction is for an Olds valve trombone in good working condition. I bought this horn in May of 2010 prior to having rotator cuff surgery in early June of that year. I used it as my main horn for three months and played at least half a dozen gigs with it while my shoulder was recuperating. My shoulder is fine now – and I’m back to slide trombone – so I’m putting this valve trombone up for sale.


 The horn plays well; I like the sound, and the valves are in excellent condition. The person who sold it to me indicated that the horn had a few cosmetic issues (a few dents and some wear to the brass). However, when I received the horn, I got some work done to take out some small dents (notably in the tubing for one of the valves). The photos show that the trombone is in pretty good condition given that it’s been a good working horn.


Before buying the horn, I asked what the model number was. The response I received:

“No model number on the horn, but I believe that it is a model O-20, according to the Olds 1957 catalogue (check out The valve section is interchangeable with an Ambassador slide, so bore should be 0.500.”

An expert on Olds trombones confirmed that this is a model O-20, and (from the photos) he judged it to be in good condition.


The serial number is 238809, which means that this trombone was made around 1957.


I received the horn without a case, but am including a gig bag that I adapted for this valve trombone. I got a padded pouch made using a foam fabric something like that used for wet suits. The gig bag has a side pocket for a slide, so you could use the case to carry the bell section and valve section (in its foam pouch) in the main compartment and the slide section in the side pocket of the gig bag.


Here are notes on the photos:

1st photo shows the bell. The engraving is not easy to read, but says F.E.Olds & Son  Fullerton Calif.


2nd photo shows the valve section from the right side.


3rd photo shows the valve section from the left side.


4th photo shows a close-up of the serial number. It’s hard to make out, but reads 238809. That serial number indicates the horn was made around 1957.


5th photo shows the gig bag and the foam pouch.



To photograph the horn, I got it out for the first time in nine months or so, and the valves were all moving freely (although one valve did need some oil, which I applied). It does seem that the valve top (the cap that you press) was replaced on valve 2, but the replacement’s only effect is cosmetic.

On Jun-12-12 at 10:43:19 PDT, seller added the following information:

I wanted to be clear that this auction is for the Olds valve trombone (horn section and valve section) and large gig bag, but does NOT include mouthpiece, trombone stand, or slide section (for which the gig bag does have a compartment - but slide is not included).

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