Trumpet/1894 Distin Cornet


I have aquired a 1894 (I believe) Distin cornet. The front reads...Bartlett Bros. Sole Agent? The number on the bell is 11534. It has a few minor dents and needs to be restored, but it is functional. I was hoping you could tell me more about this piece and what it might be worth? Thank you

Stacy, I am not sure what you have. Does it say Distin on the bell, or just the store? By saying it is functional you make it sound like it needs a lot of work. If so, then the value is most likely under $50, unless it has the Distin name on it. Then maybe $100-150 depending on how much work it needs.


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Mike Pawul


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.

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)

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

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