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Head2wind wrote at 2012-12-09 09:44:20
Your trumpet is actually a cornet and was made by the Martin Band Instrument Company.  The serial number marks it as 1955 manufacture.   The Indiana 'tag' has a long history.   In late 1928, Martin incorporated a separate entity, the Indiana Band Instrument Company, wholly owned by Martin to produce horns for those who couldn't quite afford the premium horns for which Martin was known.   It was a paper company, in that all the horns, Martin and IBICO, were built in the same plant by the same talented craftsmen.   The IBICO horns (trumpet, cornet, trombone, baritone, saxophone) were retired topline designs reborn.  The tooling was available at no cost and this allowed more affordable pricing.   These INDIANA's represented quality and good value.  Their serial numbers did not jive with the other Martin products.   The company kept a second list for the Indiana models even after 1942 when they disposed of the IBICO entity, and instead labeled the horns 'Indiana by Martin'.


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I have been playing trumpet for over 50 years and teaching for the last 20. I own a Bach Mercedes and a Jupiter pocket trumpet. I also have very good connections in the retail industry, particularly with Largo trumpets. I also play trombone, keyboards, alto and tenor sax.

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