Music

Miles Davis / The Martin Trumpet

davis1Miles Davis played a variety of custom-made Martin Committee trumpets throughout his career; in the photo is a Green custom-made, engraved Martin trumpet with a Conn 5 mouthpiece with serial no. 707737. His name is engraved on the trumpet.

A “committee” of diverse players and teachers originally designed the Martin Committee trumpet in the late 1930s for the Martin Band Instrument Company.

One such trumpet was scooped up for a cool $70,000 at a Christie’s auction in 2000. It is one of numerous Miles Davis trumpets put up for big money auctions and sale. Lord knows I’d like to have one.

Here’s a trumpet from former NBA star Dominique Wilkins. The Skinner Gallery in Boston started the bidding at $20,000 back in ’07 for a Miles Davis trumpet.

At an auction last year to aid musicians victimized by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a Miles Davis trumpet was on the block for $10,000-$20,000. The trumpet was given to the son of Davis’ friend in 1966, boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson.

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