Well my Olds Recording arrived on Tuesday and I have been playing it mornings and afternoons ever since. I think my other horns are getting jealous.
Fortunately it arrived in perfect condition. And I do mean perfect. This baby looks like it just out of the showroom. It is 3 years younger than me ( 86 in July ) and in much better shape. I had a hard time finding any wear, but there was one tiny area at the bottom of the 3rd valve casing. The previous owner must have had a sweaty left hand pinkie. The rest of the horn is immaculate. This was a well cared for horn.
Because it was recommended to use a thicker grade of valve lubricant, I am using Berp #3. It may have helped, but there was plenty of compression and I am sure a #2 grade would have been just as good.
It is a balanced horn, the only one I have ever owned. Maybe that is what makes the Recording so versatile. I played classic, jazz ballads, swing and even some country music and it was fantastic.
It may not be the best playing trumpet in the world, but IMHO it is certainly one of the best.
All the good things I have heard and read about the Olds Recording are absolutely true. I am one huge happy camper.
And musn't forget Josh and Nate at Austin Custom Brass who go out of their way to make your purchase a pleasure.