1978 GETZEN MODEL 590SWT "CAPRI" SILVER PLATED MEDIUM LARGE BORE. 460 Bb TRUMPET WITH A CUSTOM BRUSHED/POLISHED FINISH IN NEAR MINT CONDITION.
I have been playing horns for 64 years... Collecting and restoring vintage trumpets and cornets, producing custom finishes, and building custom horns for 53 years. Over the decades I amassed a vast trumpet/ cornet collection. During the past few years I have thinned out the herd and continue to do so. All my horns are gig ready...
They have been completely disassembled, cleaned, valves are hand lapped and precision adjusted & aligned with new corks & felts when necessary, all slide tubes are hand lapped and polished, and then the horn is re-assembled and play tested. PLEASE LOOK AT THE OTHER HORNS I HAVE LISTED. For your consideration, here is a beautiful custon finished example of a 43 year old Getzen Capri 590SWT (S ilver W ith T rigger) that is in need of an owner. It is straight without dents nor repairs.Prior to the 1963 factory fire, Carl "Doc" Severinsen (Johnny Carson's bandleader on the "Tonight Show") became affiliated with Getzen, and as chief of research and development, designed the 900 Eterna and 590 Capri series of trumpets and cornets. Both series were introduced in the fall of 1964 and garnered immediate kudos. Initially, the Capri was cataloged as a semi-pro trumpet, but was demoted to intermediate status years later upon the introduction of the Eterna 700. Nonetheless, it was good enough for Chet Baker who played one from 1986 through 1987, and used it on all of his recording sessions during that period. Why pay that price when you can have this superb custom finished example in near mint condition for considerably less. IMHO, these early models are better built, and have a better fit and finish than the current models.
Lastly, this 1978 example still retains the solid nickel dodecahedron (12-sided) valve caps that were standard on all vintage pre-1963 Getzen models... Much nicer than what is on the current models! This 590SWT Capri is a medium weight 2 lb. Trumpet that will accommodate virtually any music style and acoustic venue.
The trumpet has a clear and resonant tone that is easily controlled... Its sound is big, bold, rather round, centered and focused. It is a free and open blowing horn with a rich, slightly warm tone that produces a sophisticated edge when pushed, and loves to be piloted in the stratosphere. This horn has excellent intonation...
The low register is not flat, and is very resonant. The 5th harmonic is great, and so is the upper register intonation. Responsive and flexible, the 590SWT makes a great jazz horn, but will perform well playing commercial, classical styles, and even performs well in studio sessions. Mechanically, the trumpet is in superb condition with lightning fast valves that are bright and shiny, without staining, and have near factory spec compression. The valves have received new beryllium springs, stem felts as well as new valve cap felts.All slides operate with buttery smoothness including the 1st slide trigger. Cosmetically, the trumpet exhibits the following minor blemishes: 1. There is a tiny ping on the edge of the bell rim (see photo #7 at 9 o'clock) and a few very tiny mute ripples on the flare; 2. The left side of the bell tail likewise exhibits a pencil point ping (see photo #6). Otherwise, the rest of the horn is pretty much flawless. I produced a custom brushed finish to the horn body while the bell interior, slides, valve caps and key buttons remain highly polished. The brushed finish is much easier to maintain as it doesn't show fingerprints nor smudges like polished silver does. If you wipe it down with a chemically impregnated silver polishing cloth after each use, tarnish will not become a problem. I tend to be overly critical and as accurate as possible when describing my horns, so that no one receives any "surprises".
Features - Two-piece 4-3/4 yellow brass bell; nickel silver inside slide tubes and lead pipe; 1st valve slide w/ trigger; 3rd valve slide w/ adjustable ring and Delrin stop rod. Accessories - Original wood shelled case in excellent condition, original 5C mouthpiece, paperwork, lyre and plastic sheet music holder, straight mute, and an "in bell" trumpet stand. International Buyers - Please Note. I do my very best to be as accurate as humanly possible in my descriptions.
Just a musician and collector. The item "1978 GETZEN CAPRI MODEL 590SWT Bb TRUMPET CUSTOM FINISH NEAR MINT CONDITION" is in sale since Sunday, October 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Brass\Trumpets". The seller is "alucard49" and is located in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.