1924 New Wonder Vs 1936 Balanced Action
Both of these horns received extensive Full Mechanical Rebuilds from myself within the past four months. They are in superb mechanical condition, better condition in fact than when they left their respective factories 95 and 83 years ago.
Two horns given the same job, the same attention to detail, the same level of scrutiny, and they are now both in exceptionally good playing condition. Assuming they are equal in mechanical precision, let's see which horn is preferred in a friendly contest.
I will be bringing each of these horns to Centrum's Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, where I am the resident on-site emergency repair tech, from July 22-29. They will each be at my bench all week for any interested horn
If you have never had the opportunity to play either of these classic vintage horns in like-new mechanical condition, come to my workbench and I will gladly answer questions about their histories and designs while you test play them. Let's explore the nuanced differences between their tonal colors, mechanical designs, and engineering. I will tally votes and announce the winner at the end of the week.
You can see full photo galleries of each of these horns here:
1924 Conn New Wonder
1936 Selmer Balanced Action
And the Selmer is For Sale!