I recently bought a York 75 Trumpet (or maybe cornet) It came in a nice York case and has a bunch of extra stuff - - the thing is i have no idea what its age or value is or where to find that out. I have a serial # 634462 and tried to use that to find the age but came up short. Any tips or thoughts?
I'm not a trumpet person I was antiquing with my mom this week in Arizona and this caught my eye. I figured maybe Ill turn around and sell it or perhaps hold on to it and use it for display or something. In any event, I appreciate any help - as I mentioned the case had a bunch of stuff - a silver cone (maybe to muzzle sound?) - a mouthpiece that says vincent bach 7c - some cleaning stuff and a few music books (copyright 1992/1993) the handwriting in the book looks like a young girls so I assume this isn't a rare lost $1,000,000 trumpet, but likely a starter trumpet? Any information you may have as to age or value of the piece would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Answer Saul, You have a cornet that was made for the 75th anniversary of York Musical Instruments. It is a student model and was made in 1966 or so. The horn isn't rare and as a student instrument it is not worth a lot. In the shape it looks to be in it should sell somewhere around $100. The cone is called a straight mute and gives the horn a quieter and buzzy sound.
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.
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.