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QUESTION: Hi
I also have Trumpet marked Marceau on the bell part all the peices are attached nothing missing or broken does have a few dings on it but I think this is made of Copper or it is brass? its tarnished and could use cleaning how do I clean this ?
Thank you
Tammy

ANSWER: Tammy, It is a bass trumpet and is made of brass. Sears used the Marceau name for their import horns in the early 1900's. To clean it I would take some hot water and Joy dish soap and soak it for at least 30 minutes. Hopefully that will loosen up your stuck valves and possibly slides. Then take the horn apart and do it again to loosen the crud that might be in the horn. Use a tube snake brush (from a  music store) and scrub out all the tubes and valve casings. Most likely it needs new felts and corks to play correctly. Those would have to be purchased from a music store. Of course, you could just take it to a music store and have them do a clean and play test for you.

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QUESTION: Hi Mike,
any idea on the value of this ? or how much to have a music store clean and restore just not sure how much $ to put into this if its not worth it
thanks again
Tammy

Answer
It is worth more as a collector horn than a player. But a collector would want to make sure it was playable. You could have this cleaned and put into playing shape for about $100. As far as value, it is pretty rare and a collector would probably pay a few hundred for it.  

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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

Experience

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.

Organizations
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)

Education/Credentials
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.

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

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