This workman of the Chicago Musical Instrument Co. is putting the finishing touches on a plastic trumpet for Army buglers. The Army Quartermaster Corps has ordered 10,000. Plastic trumpets (made of tenite) sound as loudly as brass ones, are truer to pitch because they do not require warming up. The plastic instruments are also easier to blow, featherweight, can be made in any color, require no polishing, can be easily mended. Further, they do not reflect light, hence cannot reveal positions to the enemy. Last week Quartermaster Corps officials looked forward to a plastic age, from trumpets to tubas, in Army...

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