Hey mike I just wanted to know what year this cornet was made or any information you might know about it. Engraved on the bell is N.V.A SILBRON (registered) CLASS A trademark boosey, boosey & co ltd, makers London S 129041 British throughout. The bell is also engraved with flowers and leaves. The number on the middle valve is 101513 patent 193729 and its also got a nozzle you can turn to make it A or Bb? Thanks

Lena, The cornet is a pro model and was made in 1917 in London. That was at a time when Boosey and Hawkes were two separate companies. They merged in 1934 and later bought Besson in the early 1950's. Most likely it is in high pitch but you can use a tuner to find out for sure. It isn't to much to have a tuning slide made to put it into low pitch if that is the case. in any case, you have a nice old cornet.  


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Mike Pawul


I am familiar with most trumpets, cornets, and flugelhorns. I can answer most questions about playing and musicality. Best of all, if I can't answer it directly I play regularly in several bands and have many "old timers" that are familiar with most things that I am not. I collect, repair, and refinish old and new horns and have sold over 1700 with more than 900 on ebay


I have played since 1965 and studied with many directors and trumpeters. I have been collecting since 2002 and have over 150 horns in my personal collection. I have done repair and refinsh since 2003 and have done work on over 2500 horns.

Kosair Shrine Brass Band and Dance Band, The Notables, The New Tones, Bourbon City Brass Band, River Cities Concert Band, Derby City Brass Band, University of Louisville Community Band, Member of Trumpet Players International Network (TPIN), Bugles Across America (BAA), Member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT)

I played at Brunswick High School. I played through college and have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity College. Of course, I am still learning from all my friends that play and work on trumpets around the world.

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Without being vain, numerous awards and have played in several honor bands.

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