Trumpet/Buescher Trumpet

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I have recently re-inherited a Buescher Bb Trumpet model no. 282369.
My Father played it, I played it, and my Nephew played it...it then became a wall fixture. I have the original bill of sale dated 25 April, 1938.
All parts move but needs refinishing.
What might be the value and cost of restoration?

Much appreciate your expertise.

Sincerely,
John

Answer
What you've given me is the serial number. The model number, if present, is a three-digit number at the bottom of the second-valve casing.

Sounds like it's pretty beat up. Value is not terribly high. If it's a 400 (Model 225, or very rarely a Model 224), then it might be worth $200 to $400, depending on condition. Other models, slightly less, except for the Model 240 "Custom Built", which could sell for more than a 400.

In general, restoration will start at $850 in clear lacquer and go up if it's silver plated. Since this horn is well played, you might need a valve refitting, which adds $450 to the cost.

After restoration? Value would increase to perhaps $500.

As a purely economic question, almost no trumpet is worth a full restoration. There are so many good examples available. Buescher isn't as well known, but as you know, it's a good brand and you have a good horn. Since it's an heirloom piece, the cost of restoration is less a matter of "is it worth it?" but more "can I afford it?"

There are less expensive alternatives, too. Cleaning the horn, removing the dents, and replacing corks, felts, and springs would be $100 to $200. If it's a silver-plated horn and the silver is not worn through in too many places, that might be an alternative worth considering.

Hope this helps you decide what to do.

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Thomas Krueger

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I can answer your questions about Buescher trumpets and cornets. I have been playing Buescher for 35 years and collecting for 7.

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I first started playing my grandfather's Buescher 400 trumpet in 1975. Since then I have done a lot of research, including original catalogs and advertisements that I own, correspondence with other Buescher owners, and obtaining my own Buescher collection, including six trumpets and three cornets.

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I am a technical writer with 15 years experience. I have also been playing trumpet since 1975 and collecting Buescher for the past 7 years.

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