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Stocker Swiss Alphorn

Stocker F#/F, Serial #9114 with a Stocker 20.5mm i.d. Mouthpiece

Instruments

Red is my favorite color and I couldn't resist this crazy trombone that actually plays decent for $130 from Musical Innovations and Tracy Leenman at the South Carolina MENC Convention. I was a guest speaker and saw it and thought it would be fun to have.

Schilke P5-4, Serial # 34612 with Bob Reeves Valve Alignment 
Purchased March 2000. This replaced a Burbank Piccolo that was the only other model of Piccolo I was satisfied with. A third valve ring was added by Ron Pinc to make it similar to the Butler Guyer model. 

Bach 42TG with Thayer Valve and Gold Brass Bell
Bach 5G mouthpiece
Slide aligned and set-up by John Upchurch at the Slide Dr in Georgia.

Stocker F#/F, Serial #9114 with a Stocker 20.5mm i.d. Mouthpiece

Schilke E3L, Serial # 7456 with Bob Reeves Valve Alignment
Bought from Geoff Hufford in July of 1997, previously owned by his dad, Ken Hufford.

This is a photo of the trumpet with the D bell and slides.

Claude Gordon Benge Bb, Serial #20000
Purchased July 2005 from Gary Gordon's widow. Notice the pinky finger hook removed and the third valve slide ring removed and the first valve trigger. Gary had big hands and Zig Kanstul was likely the one that customized this for Claude to give to Gary. I was also told that the serial number being 20,000 could have been something done special for Claude. Gary Gordon was Claude Gordon's son and this was given as a gift. Gary passed away in 1988.

Getzen Super Deluxe, Serial #86337, lacquer

Claude Gordon Selmer Bb, Serial #495, with Bob Reeves Valve Alignment

Schilke E3L, Serial # 7456 with Bob Reeves Valve Alignment
Bought from Geoff Hufford in July of 1997, previously owned by his dad, Ken Hufford.

This is a photo with the Eb bell and slides.

This is my first Morse Code key I bought from Radio Shack and put on a block of wood while making a pinewood derby car for Cub Scouts. I learned Morse Code in first grade and earned my FCC Novice License later when 5 Word Per Minute code was required for everyone. I soon after earned my Technician, General, and Advanced License with my mom driving me a couple hundred miles to the FCC Office in Long Beach, California to take the tests at that time. I passed the 13 Word Per Minute code required for the General and Advanced License but failed the 20 Word Per Minute code for Extra Class.

Conn 8D French horn 
Giardinelli C1 mouthpiece with a #1 drill throat size

Miraphone BBb TE-186 (Tuba Exchange Model), Serial #15101
Conn Helleberg Mouthpiece
Previously owned by Jeffrey Allen, who was a student of a local tuba player named John Sizemore.
The funny thing is that my name is "Jeffery Allan" Purtle.

Claude Gordon Selmer C, Serial #2164 with Bob Reeves Valve Alignment

Purchased in April of 1999. This is one of a very small number produced. It could potentially be the best C trumpet I have ever played. It replaced a Large Bore Bach with a 229 Bell and a Malone MC2 leadpipe and a Bob Reeves Alignment.

When I was in first grade and other kids asked for toys I wanted a magic kit and an Electro Lab kit that was like magnetic Lego blocks with schematic symbols to build things like an oscillator, amplifier, transistor radio, strobe light, a lie detector, and other fun things. I had always wanted to build a Tesla Coil and in 2019 built one with a kit that modules musical pitches through the electrical spark that can be around 3000 Volts. More will be posted later about this.

Yamaha YFH-635T, Serial #1316, lacquer with Bob Reeves Valve Alignment
Bought in late 1986 with the help from Brad and Kacey Kintscher.
This model is no longer made and is identical to current Bobby Shew YFH6310Z model. 

Boston 3 Star "NE PLUS ULTRA", Serial #18044, made in 1907.

Claude Gordon Selmer Bb, Serial #2060, with Bob Reeves Valve Alignment
Purchased in April of 1997 from Patty Gordon. This is my main horn I practice on at least 3 hours a day. It is awesome!