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I was looking to buy a trumpet to fix up and play. I cam across this

http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/msg/4146606048.html

Is it worth buying? Is it a fair price for an instrument that is 70 or 80 years old? How do I even know if that's a good brand? I can't find any information on them anywhere!

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I can't find any information on them, either. It certainly looks interesting. In the end, though, the only real test of any trumpet, whether it's a well-known brand for $2000 or something unknown for $70, is to play it. It's a reasonable price for something unknown. As long as it sounds good and the valves are tight, there's no reason you couldn't play it.

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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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