Brasslab Stainless Gen 1 Thayer set

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Brasslab Stainless Gen 1 Thayer set

Post by Burgerbob » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:02 pm

Up for sale are my prized valves. I bought these from Brassark mounted on a Bach 50 with silver plated bell and tuning slide. They were assembled by Chuck McAlexander at Brasslab in 2001; the valves themselves date from 1989. Check out the sweet one-piece, 3D bent crook out of the F valve. I have since mounted a few bells to it and gone through a couple different tuning slides and many slides. As they sit now, they have OE Thayer bell mounts in a pretty standard spacing and a Bach 50 slide and tuning slide receiver.

I bought them very leaky, so I took them to Benn Hannson, who worked his Thayer magic (with original tools) and brought them back to spec over several hours of work. Before, the valves sounded good but weren't especially fun to play. Now, I can honestly say they are the best sounding Thayer set I have played. I've spent time on many other axial horns, and while some are more even or more forgiving, none are as fun or with as much character/core to the sound below the staff as these.

They have been meticulously maintained, with a cleaning every couple weeks and only Ultra-Pure products applied. The lacquer is coming off in a few places, with some wear coming before me and some while I've owned them. There's also a nice ding in the F slide that came with the set... I was never bothered by it, but if you want I can get Sandhagen to take it out.

I have won a couple jobs and had great success with these valves, not to mention growing more as a player than on any other setup. I'm selling now because they are just a bit too specialized for the playing I am doing now in LA.

I can include some OE threaded posts for some extra, and a tuning slide if you need it for more extra.

If I could afford to keep them, I would! Here's your chance. Not many of these floating around.

Asking for $2500.

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Re: Brasslab Stainless Gen 1 Thayer set

Post by Burgerbob » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:16 pm

Should have mentioned that the Gb slide is mounted on extenders. If they are taken out, it's in Bollinger tuning (flat G). Pretty handy if you like that, or if you're like me and you want to fit the horn in an MB screwbell case!
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Re: Brasslab Stainless Gen 1 Thayer set

Post by Omeednymanbasstrombone » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:23 pm

I feel as if this is the end of a generation :((
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Re: Brasslab Stainless Gen 1 Thayer set

Post by Burgerbob » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:55 pm

Sold!
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Re: Brasslab Stainless Gen 1 Thayer set

Post by Jimtrombone » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:00 pm

I didn’t want to say this until they sold, but I think I have a set of those someplace downstairs. Similar with the tuning extensions ala Bollinger.

I got them from Chuck directly but never hooked them up to anything.

If anyone is looking for another set, let me know via email. Jim.trombone@gmail.com
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