I've come across an interesting horn for sale. The seller says its a Sansone, but I dont think it is. I've asked him if a name is engraved on it, but not heard back from him yet. I'm pretty sure its a "Super Artist" model Bb/F compensating horn built by E.K. Blessing quite a few years back. I've never seen one like it before and I can find very little info on it. I'd post a couple pics here if I could, but I dont see any way to do that. Does anyone know anything about this particular horn? It appears to be in really good shape. I tend to gravitate to odd horns and think I'd like to buy it.
Re: Need info on a horn 00:54 on Wednesday, February 14, 2018
The two trumpets I own are Blessings. Nice instruments. The two horns I've run into are the student model, which is a very student model compensator, and the artist, which looks like a Conn 6d. The Sansone made a few models, the famous ones are his Bb single with an F extension, and a full double that has the Bb pipes on top. I don't think that there was any overlap in designs. Unless there is a good picture of the maker's engraving, I'd not go after it.
Re: Need info on a horn 13:07 on Wednesday, February 14, 2018
I think I solved the riddle. I found other horns with the same, identical configuration identified as horns by Anborg, Dancor, Getzen and LaFleur. Regarding the horn in question the seller did send a pic of the horn with the name Lorenzo Sansone on the horn bell taper, but it did not appear as a typical Sansone "signature" that you see on his other horns. I talked with a chap in the UK who had 3 horns like it for sale, all looking the same. He claimed that the parent company for building the horn was LaFleur in Italy. Since Sansone was Italian it makes sense that perhaps LaFleur built a horn like this for Sansone before his horn shop got up and running. I passed on the horn since the seller said the compression on valves 1&2 seemed pretty low and he wanted to much for it.