Circa 1938 Self-Balancing with Streamline Braces
Bore: .485"-.500" (12.3 mm-12.7 mm)
Bell: 7½" (190.5 mm)
This horn came to me with the assistance of Bob Weller, co-founder of Bones Southwest
Bob not only spotted the original ad on his local (Phoenix, AZ)
Craiglist, he actually handled the purchasing and shipping for me.
The original Craigslist pictures weren't very
clear. I could tell that it had streamline braces and a bear
counterweight, and it looked like the bell might be red brass. Its
serial numbers (100xx for the slide, 103xx for the bell) are very close
to a wide tone ring Super
(s/n 107xx for the slide, 110xx for the
bell) in my collection, so I figured it might be a sort of
"missing link" between the original Super and the "wide tone ring"
version. Turns out, it's something else entirely - a Self-Balancing
with streamline braces, a bear counterweight, and duo-octagonal slides.
I've got a couple ideas as to how Olds came to make this horn. It's
possible Olds briefly considered offering the duo-octagonal slide
and streamline braces across their entire line before deciding to
reserve those features for their top-of-the-line models. Another
possibility is that this was a special order from someone who liked the
brace design and duo-octagonal slide, but preferred a yellow brass horn.