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Hi, Thomas:

Thanks for your time. I have a B flat Burbank Benge trumpet, "1122 W. Burbank Blvd." bell, I think it's a 3B, could be a 3X. ML bore, nickel/silver, serial no. 6027. I purchased it in 1973 in Winter Park, FL. I was told at the time it was made ca. 1958-1961, database info suggests 1962. Have a restoration quote of $188 from a local retailer, but I believe that's limited scope. It has some small dents and needs a little replating around the valves and in the bell, valves a bit stiff, hasn't been played regularly in years but still blows a TON. Have received interest from some local players at "somewhere between $2500-3000" as is, but would be extremely grateful for your opinion and input as I may invest more in a like-new restoration. Thanks again - have a great day!!

Jeff M

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Since I'm not a Benge expert, I did a little checking with a local guy I trust. I'll paraphrase his answer.

First, if they will actually pay you $2500 to $3000... take it. As is. That's a little high. It was suggested that current value may be closer to $1100 to $1400.

Look under the ferrule that connects to the bell to the valve block to determine the bell. Perhaps you do have a 3X.

A full restoration would cost a lot more and the recommendation is to use Kanstul for that full restoration. Only do a full restoration if you will keep it yourself, as you never get your money back when you sell.

My own opinion now, $188 for dent removal, cleaning, valve alignment, corks-felts-springs is probably pretty good. Do that, play it a while, then make a decision. I agree that Kanstul is the place to send it, Zig worked for Benge and has a lot of original tooling. But play it and see.

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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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