My precious and beloved SML Gold Medal I Tenor was stolen, sometime between Christmas 2004 (when I last saw/played it) and first week of February 2005 (when I noticed it missing). I had taken it to some rehearsals at my church in Carlsbad, CA (northern San Diego county) for playing Christmas Eve 2004 services just the week prior to Christmas Eve, but we decided that the music called for alto and soprano, so didn't end up using it. It could've either been stolen from the church directly (believe it or not!!! but I have read many accounts, actually, of this happening!) or from my car (although I don't recall leaving it unlocked anywhere; so, thinking the church).
Serial Number 17251 pr 17261, which puts it at around 1961. There was probably 10-15% laquer wear on the horn, but it played PERFECTLY, and was in outstanding condition. It was in a brand new SKB contoured case (the model that accomodates over-sized bells, like that of the SML), with a pouch on the outside for extra storage capacity.
It also had a Berg Larson ebonite mouthpiece inside the case, size/model 110/2 M 8.
I've contacted local police and filed a report, and also have checked nearly all of the local music stores and pawn shops in the north San Diego county area. I saw an SML tenor being sold on eBay shortly after that (around late March/April), and inquired as to the serial number and the origin of the horn, and interestingly got NO REPLY from the seller there... But then the auction was yanked and seller disappeared...
If anyone has seen a Gold Medal I in great condition or comes across anything looking remotely close to it, with similar serial number, please do not hesitate to contact me immediately at 760.889.4977 or 760.444.4265 or at email@example.com!!!
Please help! I miss my baby - out of necessity I have had to purchase a fairly new Selmer Series II now which plays fine but nowhere near the tone or ease of blowing that my GM I had...
Thank you for your consideration and assistance, in advance,