Antique Musical Instruments/Martin Band Instrument Co. trumpet

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Dear sir, I have a trumpet that was given to me as a child,I am now 65 years old, and want to learn to play it. I was told it belonged to my grandfather. It is a Martin Band Instrument made in Elkhart Ind. The ser. number is 15396. I would very much appreciate any information you might know. Also the case is in pretty bad shape is there someone who can restore it. Thank you and thank you for your particapation in this web site.

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That would be an old one.  I'd estimate about 1918.  

Cases generally don't last as well as the instruments.  I don't know of anyone who would restore a case.  You may want to consider a Gig Bag.  They give protection, and some aren't as expensive as new cases.

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Please note: My area is BRASS instruments, not other wind, string or percussion instruments. I will provide information on antique, obscure and out of production BRASS instruments. 1) Please don't ask for evaluations, I'll not provide them on this site. 2) I am often asked very similar questions, so I'd invite you to first check on Horn-u-Copia.net. Much of the information I have garnered about this topic, I have posted on this WEB site.

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I perform in several historical bands, have informally researched the area, repair brass instruments, and operate a Forum dedicated to the topic at http://horn-u-copia.net

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