When I sold my high-end custom horn I made a conscious decision. I wanted to have two different horns that suited the different gigs I was playing. My Conn 8D was handpicked by Bob Osmun in exchange for some web services.
I purchased my Yamaha 667 off of a shelf in a music store in Indianapolis. “Huh,” I thought. “This horn plays nice.” It cost at the time about $2500.
Lucky for me that I had found a very well-tooled instrument. Patterson’s process for overhauling a stock horn is thorough, and apparently mine is like a diamond in the rough. By far, he says. Cool.
The cost of this upgrade?
I will put it in the ballpark terms of between $1000 and $1500. So in a sense, I now have a horn worth $4000. If we update the current market value of the same model, $500 more might be added to this fantasy math. $4500.
Also – kinda cool.
So what I have now is very much like the computer I have at home. A killer hybrid that can perform to my needs. With my computer at least, this formula gave me a less expensive, more powerful machine in the long run.
Pictures of the process
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If you are looking for another option from customs horns – whether you can’t afford one or do not want one – a mixed-breed horn like this might fit the bill. It is something to consider.
In a few weeks I will post a more detailed evaluation of this particular conversion.
- See also “More Options for Customizing your Horn“