King 2B Silversonic Trombone H.N. White Sterling Silver Myth or Fact?
Is it mythical? I think not. Many trombone players have been searching for the King 2B Silversonic for years. They are around, but extremely hard to find. I have heard recently that with silver prices up, some people have scrapped them for cash. It seems almost sinful. Most of the good King Silversonics, especially the vintage trombones of the 1950’s are owned by serious players or collectors. They don’t pop up for sale very frequently. If they do, it’s usually for just a short time and then they disappear again. Occasionally I will see one on the internet, but for the most part, when these horns transfer ownership they pass from one bone player to another and nobody even knows about it. This particular horn has come into the gallery at the brass exchange from the estate of an anonymous well respected and very colorful figure in the jazz world. It is important to note that the previous owner of this horn used it strictly as a back-up horn to his primary Silversonic, which means, that it was rarely played. It is, therefore, in excellent condition. May we call it vintage private reserve? His wish for this trombone was that it went to a player, someone that will, use it, appreciate, and love it. Enjoy!
An excerpt from the H.N. White website: Without a doubt what makes H. N. White instruments unique is their use of Sterling Silver Bells. Sometime between 1925 and 1928, The H. N. White Company introduced the "Silver Tone" Sterling Bells option to Liberty Trumpets, Master Cornets, Clarinets, and the entire Trombone line of instruments. As stated in the 1928 complete catalog, "Sterling Silver Bell produces better tone, being clearer, richer, and more resonant, with a more pleasing quality." The engravings on "Silver Tone" instruments are some of the most elaborate and attractive works of art ever produced by an American manufacturer. A short time after World War Two (1949-1951), "Silversonic" replaced "Silver Tone" and the engraving was not as elaborate (except on Artist level), but the quality of tone remained the same.
Want just pictures? http://www.thebrass-exchange.com/silversonic-2b
Check out this website for information about the H.N. White King Silversonic http://www.hnwhite.com/Silver%20Bells.htm