Boosey & Hawkes Imperial

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This horn is kind of a mystery to me. I’m not actually sure where I got it from, but it may have been a rescue from an old Salvation Army Citadel that was closing in eastern Ontario back in the 90s. The Boosey & Hawkes Imperial is a medium (I’d say small, but I’m biased towards big horns) bore tenor trombone. It’s pitched in Bb/F and has a 7″ bell.

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Compared to the King 8b it has a really tight wrap.

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The rotors (valves) on the Imperial are pretty small too, especially compared to modern horns where the rotors can get up to 2″ or more across.

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The Imperial was quite popular in the 50s, 60s & 70s with Salvation Army brass bands. This particular horn was manufactured around 1954.

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Although I never personally used this horn, it remains my son’s favourite.

It has the added bonus of having my favourite case of all time:
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