Dont miss this opportunity to own an extremely rare Civil War era over-the-shoulder E-flat cornet. It is made of raw (unlacquered) brass.The valve touches (levers) and bell garland are nickel silver (German Silver). It has three Allen rotary valves. This cornet is mostly in as-found condition. When found it was missing the leadpipe and the leadpipe receiver was damaged. Other than that it was (for the most part) in the condition you see in the photos. The replacement leadpipe was manufactured by Mark Metzler of Metzler Brass in Elkhart, IN. He also did the repairs on the leadpipe receiver. The leadpipe accepts a modern cornet mouthpiece.
Mark recently serviced the valves including new corks and strings. This cornet was play tested by a local professional with extensive experience playing cornets from this time period. It plays very well with a rich cornet sound. In his opinion the valves do not need to be replated.
It plays at high pitch (A=456-460). The tuning slides on the first and third valves work fine.
The tubing on the second valve is fixed and does not move by design. This is common on E-flat cornets of this vintage. These over-the-shoulder E-flat cornets are rare enough, but this one has a screw bell.
This is almost never seen on such instruments. There are no manufacturers markings, but numerous experts have seen this instrument over the years and all agree it is American made. It dates from the 1860s. Included is an old Holton bass trumpet case that fits this cornet very well. I didnt think I would ever sell this cornet, but its time to thin out the collection a little.
The item "Extremely rare Over-The-Shoulder (OTS) E-flat cornet with a screw bell" is in sale since Wednesday, October 25, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Musical Instruments (Pre-1930)\Brass". The seller is "baton1" and is located in Dowagiac, Michigan. This item can be shipped to United States.