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About Centex Brass
We are located in Austin Texas and have been selling quality used brass for 13 years.
Comments from our customers4-15-13 I am very pleased with the trumpet and as you can see I have removed the old laquer and given it a really good clean. The quality of the Olds make is evident both materially and in the sound and ease of which the trumpet blows. The valves are in superb condition and all in all I rate the instrument equal to, if not better than my Bach Strad. I am obviously going to find out what she can really do over the next few weeks. Thank you again, I am very happy with my new trumpet.
4-12-13 Just a note to let you know I received the large bore Bach trumpet yesterday. It plays great and is exactly what I've been looking for.
Thank you for the very pleasant buying experience.
3-13-13 i did get today the olds cornet in good shape So very very much thank you !!!
I play a lot on my olds opera trumpet and this is his little twin sister
Fabulous playing Great Sound Professional instrument
3-10-13 I've had the Martin Committee for a couple of days now, and played two concerts with it. Gotta tell you, it's fantastic! Thanks for a great transaction! I will recommend your web store to my colleagues :-)
3-4-13 trumpet arrived on friday, picked it up yesterday as I have been away for the weekend, extremely pleased with it, plays well, very even scale throughout the range. I love the French instruments, I have several Selmers. I have been trying to research the Buffet, not much info available as to actual maker. Thank you again for your attention.
2-25-13 I had my trumpet instructor play the horn tonight and was wishing he had the horn for himself to use... Thanks for everything. I look forward to doing business with you in the years to come
2-25-13 Thanks so much for the trumpet. It arrived safely.
It is indeed in lovely condition...Thanks again. I love it !!!
Thank you for all your help and first class business
PS have recommended your web site to some colleagues of mine
2-23-13 I received the trumpet yesterday in perfect working order, it is beautiful. Thank you so much for thinking of me when you got this one in. It will, I'm sure, bring years of happy playing.
2-17-13 It arrived on Friday and I'm really liking this horn. Thanks. I'm definitely keeping it.
2-4-13 I was planning on emailing you today, so great timing! I think the horn plays quite good, so I will keep the picc
2-4-13 I love my new horn -- thanks!!
1-31-13 I am pleased to say that Centex Brass is a great place to buy a horn. Neither my wife nor I had much experience in musical instruments, so it was a bit scary trying to by a horn for our son. The first experience with buying him a horn in middle school was not fun and we never really felt comfortable with the process. As a result, we were filled with trepidation when looking for a second horn for him to use in high school. Your expertise in the field and your willingness to help us feel comfortable with the purchase was fantastic. More importantly, the service and support after the sale was outstanding. We will be recommending you to other parents in our band as well as other friends with band kids.
1-29-13 This horn is "as advertised" and passed the test of two concerts just three days after receiving it. I'll be sure to tell my trumpet buddies to check out your inventory.
I appreciate the fast shipping
1-22-13 got the horn… I can't believe how quickly it made it through customs. It looks and plays great. Thanks so much for your help.
1-1-13 I did receive the trumpet with no issues. I am very pleased with the trumpet and my son loves it! It is in great shape and plays well.
12-27-12 After the seven day trial, I am keeping this horn. Thank you for your service and I will recommend you to others in the future!
11-11-12 Yes trumpet arrived a few days ago - I've been out of town but someone was there to collect it - thanks, it is a beautiful horn and I'm enjoying getting to know it.
11-2-12 Yes, we are keeping the trumpet. My son is very happy with it - it is just what he was hoping for. Thank you again for making the process very easy for us!
10-31-12 Thank you. I will keep the trumpet. I been enjoying it. It plays well and works well . Thank you.
Working with Centex Brass has been a real pleasure. Purchasing a used horn via the Internet was a pretty scary thing for me, but your satisfaction guarantee and how you made it work for us was remarkable. I will recommend your website to anyone I hear that is looking for a good used horn. Best wishes to you and continued success.
Nice horn, I’m keeping it. Thank you for your accurate description and fast response in shipping.
I really appreciate your overall customer service, including your knowledge, patience, and efficiency. I will recommend you to others in our area and will be contacting you in a couple of years when I am in the market for another professional Bach Strad.
You did it this time around ! What an absolute beautiful Trumpet ! Just wanted to let you know, the Mt. Vernon is a great player ! I'm really loving it, very nice tone and intonation, much better than I expected. This Horn plays nothing like the other 37's that I have owned. Thanks again
I received the Bach 43 yesterday. It's a keeper. It was a pleasure doing business with you. I have a million students and somebody is always looking for horns. I'll give them your contact info when they're looking. Thanks.
Many thanks for the trumpet which has been received in good condition today. I am totally satisfied with my purchase. It it exactly as described on your website and it was a pleasure to remove the horn from the packaging and to give a blow. I was introduced to Olds' instruments many years ago when I was given a loan of an Olds trumpet for a gig. It is a pleasure to renew my acquaintance with the brand and to hear the tone for which Olds instruments are renown.
Again, many thanks for your excellent service.
Thanks for another nice horn, and I'll stay in touch.
The horn is great. It is beautiful and has just the sound I was hoping for. Such a classic horn...I'll probably own it forever! Thanks for your terrific service!
I'm loving the trumpet
Just a quick note to say thanks. I received the trumpet today. It plays well and looks as expected. So a pleased customer
Picked up Benge from Post Office yesterday, extremely pleased with it.
Gave it a good workout tonight and amazed how uniform the sound is throughout the range.
Thank you for your attention and you can now cross it off the list.
Just wanted to let you know I will be keeping the trumpet. Thank you so much for your excellent customer service, I will definitely be recommending you to anyone looking to buy a new instrument.
The Horn Arrived Its In Perfect Condition
It's perfect. Thanks!
WE LOVE IT.
I received the horn 4 hours ago. I couldn't help but write a little bit about why I ended up at your website. I hope you find it useful. In 1950, I started playing a student variety Reynolds cornet. My family didn't have a lot of money at the time and I was pleased to have this used horn with a 5A mouthpiece. I didn't know the horn was not the best. I was told more than once by my band instructor that I'd never be able to play high notes with the 5A mouthpiece, but it was the only one I was likely to get, so I learned to play the high notes anyway. I just played the cheap horn the very best I could. By the late 1950's, I had been my San Antonio high school's first chair cornet player for four years and first chair in the all-city band for 4 years. I made the first chair position in the all-state band 3 years in a row. I did this, I think, because I didn't know I had a cheap horn. I really had no idea there were really good horns out there. Harry James was my hero and I just assumed he played something like the horn I had. I'm told I have a talent for music, but I also had a talent for physics. I stopped playing while I finished a 30 year career in the U.S. Army Nuclear Weapons Program. I am now 70 years old and have resumed playing in various bands and orchestra's. A friend who is a local band director saw that I was playing a student level King 600 trumpet and told me there were really some good horns out there and that I should try to find something better. I visited music shops in three states until I had tried pretty much everything there is to try...Martin Committee, Xeno, Bobby Shew, you name it. Most of them were truly WONDERFUL to me. The last horn I tried was a Bach Stradivarius 180S43. I think I actually shed some tears of joy. I couldn't believe how easy it was to play. I could play it 'bright, brassy and sassy' when I played jazz and I could play it with great control and tone when I played classical or church music. Ballads were just beautiful... I knew I had to have one. I read about the Bach strike and its potential effect on instrument quality, and with that in mind, the search was on. I called music shops and I wore out my PC keyboard searching for just the right horn at the right price. I struck 'trumpet gold' when I found CENTEXBRASS.COM. The website was simple and had everything I needed. Great photos and details of available instruments. I started scanning the list and there it was...a beautiful 1978 Bach Stradivarius 180S43! Even better, there were several good choices at good, reasonable prices! I sent an email and timidly asked if Centex would consider reserving the beautiful 1978 vintage 180S43 for me. I received a quick reply to my email and agreed to mark it "Sale Pending" on the website. I received the horn in good condition 4 business days after I sent payment. With great anticipation, I carefully unpacked and inspected the horn and slipped my favorite mouthpiece into the pipe and played Jean J. Mouret's "Rondeau", but found myself easing into Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". The horn was wonderful! I played "Misty", because my eyes were. This instrument is my release and to say I am happy with it is the understatement of the year. Yes, I checked other sites, eBay too. The best deal out there in my opinion is CENTEXBRASS. Besides, it's in TEXAS where honesty is a way of life. Thanks You really made my decade!
Just to let you know that the Schilke arrived safely this week, many thanks for the excellent packaging!
Lovely horn, plays well too so very happy with my purchase.
Thanks for a great service, will keep your website on my bookmarks.
I just received the trumpet in the mail today. Everything looks good. Thanks again!
We received the trumpet a little bit ago. It's BEAUTIFUL! You must have spent a lot of time cleaning and polishing it! It's so pretty. My son played it a little before dinner, and it sounded really nice. He's going to take it to his private teacher tomorrow for his lesson, so he can take a look at it. I'm sure he'll love it, too. We will contact you tomorrow (after school lets out) to confirm.
Thank you sooooooooooooo much for your promptiness in getting it shipped out (WOW!) and for your so carefully packing it. And, what a nice, nice surprise it was to receive all the free extras.....soooooooooo thoughtful! And, the case is in really great shape, too. It looks like you replaced the handle....thank you for making sure it'll be sturdy for carrying around.
Once again, thank you for all you have done to create a great purchasing experience. We look forward to spreading the word to everyone we know about your company and the positive and unique, personable experience we've had.
The horn arrived today and I played it for about 2 hours after teaching a trumpet lesson. It plays like a dream! The condition of the horn is as you said. I am very pleased with the tone and the ease with which I got to G just above the staff. High C sounded good, only I can't play that high all night long like Louis Armstrong. I am very pleased with the horn; please consider it a final sale.
Thank you very much.
The horn came today. Sounds very good with a Bach 7C FL mouth piece in it. I may go to a deep cup later on. For me - It is a keeper. It looks better than the pictures. In the sun light the rose bell looks great. The horn look very much like a Kanstul 1525. I am very pleased. Thank you very much you have my recommendation as a great seller!
I got the CG-gold today. I played this horn at the big band rehearsal tonight, and it worked very well. I purchased this horn for my student but I'm thinking of using it.... It's really nice horn!!
It's great. Very happy with the purchase.
While I especially appreciate your policy of allowing a full 7 day examination period before purchase of a horn, I am letting you know well before that time that I intend on keeping the Recording. Consider it sold.
I also want to take a minute to acknowledge and thank you for the way you conduct business.Your honest description, photos, and comments about the Recording were spot on accurate and the packing techniques you use insured its safe and timely arrival.
Thanks again for a pleasant transaction.
just wanted to say i got my super recording - I'm very happy, this horn is
truly great - thanks for everything.. ill spread the word in Israel about your site
Got the horn and it's beauty. Thanks for everything!
This is the nicest sounding horn I have played in quite a long time. Thanks for everything!
the trumpet arrived and is great!
Again, Thanks for the prompt delivery.
Just wanted to let you know we received the trumpet this past Wednesday and my daughter loves it! The case and horn both look great. Again, thank you for your time and I’m sure we’ll be looking your way again if we ever need another horn.
I did receive it at work yesterday afternoon and spent an hour on it last night. A really nice trumpet, smooth valves. Reminds me a lot of the 1971 that I had. I've spent a lot of time fighting with old Conns, Martins, and Kings, etc., and appreciate how much easier it is on a Strad. Thanks for the tracking update on the other Strad--I'll be watching for it!
My daughter's teacher liked the trumpet and said that it was in great condition and played with a nice even sound. Thank you so much for giving me time to take it to him. I am looking forward to her reaction on Christmas morning.
Yes, the are perfect no issues at all. She has decided on the A so we are shipping back the H Mon. We are packing it up now. She loves it, I am glad you had it!
The Selmer piccolo trumpet arrived yesterday. Once again, I would like to thank you for the super quick service - I think this package set a record for the minimum length of time to receive a package from the U.S. using U.S.P.S..
Got the Bach 25 Monday. It arrived in great condition.
It's an excellent trumpet.
We got it last night right after my son got in. He has been playing it like crazy! Thank you so much for all your help. I was really nervous about buying online but you made this a good experience.
got the case and it is awesome! thanks
My orchestra played Daphnis last week, I used the Bach and got a good result.
So I definitely want to keep the horn. Thanks for a great trumpet.
I just heard back from my son's trumpet instructor, and he liked both of the Yamaha Xeno trumpets! As a matter of fact, he liked them so much that he is thinking about buying whichever trumpet my son doesn't take.
Wanted to let you know that my trumpet player looovvessss the Eb! Thanks for all your help!
Excellent used trumpet just as Centex Brass listed. They where most patient with all my emails and questions about the trumpet and their policies. Always very quick to respond to emails. They take great care in how they package and ship your purchase. I will definitely be buying future horns from them. While I was looking for a good used vintage Olds trumpet they have several great horns. You can buy with complete confidence
At first, I was uncertain about purchasing an instrument online, from a store hundreds of miles away. However, as soon as I opened the package I received, I knew it was no mistake. The 1988 Benge piccolo trumpet I purchased was packed away safely in its package, so its seller obviously cared about it up to the point of delivery. The real treat was when I opened the case. Everything was exactly as it was in the pictures: a USED trumpet from 1988, looking brand new! I tried to find a flaw somewhere, but I couldn't! It also plays (well) as described. It's difficult to find a totally honest business anymore, but Centex Brass appears to be one of them. Pre-sale conversation was also straightforward, yet friendly. Thank you again, and I'll definitely consider you for future purchases.
Got the horn!! Nice case too Thanks again!!!
I received the horn today, it looks brand new and it plays incredibly well! Thank you once again
I received the horn today, it looks brand new and it plays incredibly well! Thank you once again for your continued patience through this!
Will certainly reccomend you and Centex Brass in Texas for fellow trumpet players needs. wow- what a nice sounding horn. Not flat, not sharp-and I was very impressed. All-in-all, for a horn this old, it is in good shape. Case is good too-and you packed it just right for safe delivery. Will enjoy playing this great Bach trumpet. Thanks,
Got the horn today.Thanks! Its playing great...
Arrived safely and enjoying playing it.
We appreciate all you have done.
Got the CG benge today. You sell some very nice horns and I will definitely buy my next horn from you.
The trumpet arrived today, we are very pleased with the trumpet and my son played it tonight and loved it ., thanks again for being very professional all the best
Trumpet arrived safely and our son and his teacher love the instrument. It’s bright, very responsive and in very good condition. Thankyou for all your help and assistance in finding the right instrument for our son.
I did receive the yamaha trumpet today and I liked it very much! The sound is great and it is on exelent condition! I have to study to understand the air way works into this model... It is open and has very good intonation! So,I´m very happy and I want to say thank you very much for your attention and help with my order! I will be on contact,thank you
It arrived safely. This is a wonderful instrument
Just wanted to get back to you. Got great reports from my son's band director and teacher on the trumpet. Thank you! I appreciate all of your help
Hello, the Olds Cornet arrived this afternoon just ahead of another storm. It plays sweet and the valves are fantastic, it will make a nice companion to my Recording Trumpet. Thanks for staying in touch during the shipping, not much we can do about the weather.
This is the second transaction we've done and, as before, it's been smooth and effortless.
Thanks So Much!
I got the Trumpet 2 days ago and i really like it!
Yeah, the horn plays great, way better than other C7s I've played in the past, much more like the 51 Committee I've played. Thanks a lot!
As a full-time NYC/NJ area pro, I've bought three trumpets from Centex Brass over the years. Each one has been exactly as described. Plus the transactions have been smooth with great communication. In my experience, this seller has an almost uncanny ability to discern just what is a good trumpet. Buy with confidence here.
The trumpet arrived this afternoon. It looks really nice, and I made our boy play us something on it. It sounds really nice too. Thank you for including the mouthpiece and the other extras.
Thank you too for your professionalism; always getting back with me right away and answering my questions.
That is very important to helping your customers feel like you care, and feel secure about making an expensive long distance purchase.
It just arrived, and is just as beautiful as expected. First brief playing test went very well. Thanks.
I’ve been meaning to send you a note to let you know that we’ll be keeping the trumpet. Not only does my son love it, the professional we know has played it and said very good things about it.
Awesome trumpet, thank you!
I received the trumpets last week, all ok. Thanks for the good service.
Arrived as scheduled. Beautiful instrument.
Thanks for having such great service and sending the cases and horns home to try out. My lesson teacher said both horns were excellent. I'll make sure to refer you to any of my friends looking for a horn.
The new trumpet is great! Both the band director and private lesson teacher thought it was perfect for Ben and both asked where he got it. I will definitely give them your info to refer others who may be in the market for a trumpet.
Ben is thrilled with the new instrument and he sounds great. He loves playing it and takes it to school for his lesson.
Thanks so much for a really great horn! It is exactly as described, and truly a joy to play!
I got the horn yesterday, and even though I have seven days to make up my mind, I don't want to keep you in suspense. I like it and I'm definitely going to keep it. No return.
8-22-10 Yes, we received the trumpet. Everything looks A OK. Our daughter immediately tried it out and was impressed. The case is in great shape. The trumpet looks as good as the pictures had indicated. In fact our daughter has had a big grin on her face ever since it arrived. Thank very much for working with us and carrying great merchandise. Your customer support has been great. We will definitely recommend Centex Brass to others that are in need of quality hard to find items.
The horn is great. My daughter who has played a pro yamaha cornet for years has now become a confirmed trumpet player. She hasn't put it down since it arrived and thinks its brilliant. Thanks very much
Hello, I am the teacher of a student, who just purchased the gold plated Bach Stradivarius 180G37 from your store. I am writing to inform you of my satisfaction in the quality and the reliability of your horns and your services as well as your remarkable pricing, which in these days are very much appreciated. I have never seen such good quality of horns as well as pricing in a store until I saw your store. You can count that as long as I continue to teach, I will continue to recommend my students to your store. I only wish that you continue to perform with the same quality as I have witnessed for my student and perhaps, one day, even for myself as I continue to search for my own professional horns. Again, thank your very much.
I am back from my Holidays now and yesterday I went to the customs office an took the trumpet. Everything is fine and I really love the horn. It sounds exactly like I thought and will be my everyday-allrounder for the next years. Thank you very much for the perfect business ! And : If you continue to offer such lovely trumpets .......... maybe you will hear from me again. Thanks for everything, best regards
The Bach 37* arrived yesterday and I practiced on it today and everything is fine. It was a pleasure doing business with you.
I wanted to let you know that my son really likes the trumpet and has enjoyed playing it. He showed it to his trumpet teacher and he thought it was a very nice instrument and in great condition. So, all in all we're very happy with it and glad to have done business with you.
This is a very nice horn. Thank you for your generous 7 day return policy, but, I can tell you right now, I will be keeping it. Thanks Again!
I received the trumpet today....it is indeed a beautiful horn.....great solid tone...I already love it and have only played a 1/2 hr....thank you....
a great playing Strad and probably the last horn I'll
The Bach is a huge step up from his borrowed Jupiter…the tone improvement is evident even to my untrained ears and the valves work so much more smoothly.
Everything is fabulous! Thanks for following up.
The trumpet arrived today and my son has not stopped playing it all afternoon. Thanks for a beautiful instrument.
In addition, we've played Olds since 1976 and love the quality and craftsmanship of these wonderful horns. We currently have Bach, Benge, Olds, and Conn trumpets and cornets in our collection.
Some of our Favorite Horns
1967 Olds Flugelhorn
1940 Conn 12b
Olds Super - high school and college horn.
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