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I picked up a silvertone cornet at a thrift store today. Never heard of it before. On the bell it says silvertone and under it it says made in Elkhart-ind. Has a serial number on the 2nd valve of 168756. Also seems to have a serial number in the 3rd valve slide that is faint of maybe 267.25069. Seems that the first valve is about a 1/16 of an inch higher than the 2nd and 3rd. Only silv on the cornet is where the mouthpiece goes in, valve covers, and spit valves. Any information/value on this cornet would be appreciated.

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Andrew, The Silvertone name was used by King and Sears. King used it early but lost a lawsuit to keep the name and from the late 1940's Sears used it. The horn you have was made by E K Blessing in Elkhart Indiana for Sears. The serial number dates it to 1969. They were solid made horns that were close to the Scholastic line at that time. The valves need to have the corks and felts changed to align them in the horn. It is a solid built student horn that is worth between $75-150 depending on the wear to the horn and valves.

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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

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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.

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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)

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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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