|Here we have an interesting beast! This horn is a one-of-a-kind, apparently designed to teach someone how to play softly! It seems to have been a gag gift built at the Olds factory from new parts (note the serial number of 000000).|
|F. E. Olds 2-bell novelty presentation cornet #000000 (1977): Key of B-flat, three piston valves, made from Olds Ambassador cornet parts; first and third valve slides of equal length; one bell (non-functional) facing forward in usual position; second bell (functional) positioned under bell bend and facing backward toward player; both bells engraved, "F. E. Olds & Son / Manufactured for Howard / 1977"; restored by Mark Metzler.|
|Thanks to Tom Meacham for the cool pictures of this strange creature!|
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