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Hi Mike,

Thanks to your previous responses, I've determined that my family heirloom trumpet is a Selmer Grand Prix. It's serial number is 1919 and the valve #s are 12-11-10. What can you garner from this information?

Also, is there any danger in doing a chemical cleaning for a trumpet?

Thanks,
Scott

Answer
Scott, There is really no danger in doing a chem clean as long as they don't soak it too long. The Grand Prix was the standard pro model from Selmer before the K-Mod. Selmer made their valves in batches of 99 so your horn is the fourth horn in that batch. Your horn dates to 1937 and at that time they were well constructed. In good shape they are worth somewhere in the $400-700 range, depending on the finish wear and valve wear.

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Mike Pawul

Expertise

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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