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Trumpet owned by Louis Armstrong

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Topic
African American
Jazz (Music)
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Created by
Henri Selmer Paris, French, founded 1885
Vincent Bach Corporation, American, founded 1918
Owned by
Armstrong, Louis, American, 1901 - 1971
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
brass
Dimensions
H x W: 5 3/4 x 21 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (14.6 x 55.6 x 12.1 cm)
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Classification
Musical Instruments
Date
September 1946
Caption
This 1946 Henri Selmer B-flat custom-made and inscribed trumpet belonged to Louis Armstrong. Armstrong had been playing an earlier version of a Selmer trumpet since 1932. Even though he believed you could play a trumpet for a long time, he had the habit of playing his trumpets for approximately five years before he passed it on as a gift to a friend or colleague. In February 1946, Armstrong’s manager and close friend, Joe Glaser, wrote to Selmer Instrument Company and asked for a new trumpet custom-made for Armstrong’s use. Selmer agreed and presented him with this inscribed Selmer B-flat trumpet. This personally inscribed trumpet was made only for Armstrong and was not mass produced.
Type
musical instruments
trumpets
Object number
2008.16.1-.3