The Martin Handcraft Imperial is my absolute favorite vintage instrument!
Ian just brought this one back to life by adding a custom ACB leadpipe which we copied the Martin pipe (which sadly had red rot, not uncommon with a 80-year-old instrument!).
Other than the replacement pipe the horn is original. Ian preserved most of the original finish as well. There are some cosmetic signs of wear (of course).
Valves are smooth and free. Compression is okay (we use Berp #3 oil on it and have good results.
#2 medium Step bore (similar to Committee).
Do not confuse the later post-committee "Imperials" with this one. While the latter Imperial was an intermediate horn this Handcraft Imperial was the absolute top of the line of its time for Martin.
If you wanted a Committee but didn't want to fight the intonation issues of that horn the HCI is a superb option. In my opinion this is the finest trumpet Martin ever made, rich, warm creamy while still maintaining enough carrying power to play in a section or even play 1st parts on.
No case or mouthpiece is included with this sale.
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