I have a Henri Selmer Paris trumpet. It reads Henri Selmet Paris Depose GRANDS PRIX Geneve 1927 Liege 1930 his signature  4 Place Dancourt PARIS  Made in France. My dad recieved it from his older brother when he(dad) was about 12 years old or so. The brother was in the service I beleive and was there serving and brought it hame for my dad. It is in good shape sounds great. I am trying to get it appraised. I showed it to a guy in NH that plays and he told me it was a beautiful piece and could be worth 12 -15 hundred just by playing it he knew it was a nice trumpet. anything you can help me with and how I get it appraised I would appreciate anything.  Thanks Leeann

How you get it appraised depends on what you want to do with the appraisal, quite honestly. If you want to know what it's worth on the open market, $1200 to $1500 might be correct. If you want to insure it, it would depend on the policy and how they reimburse if the trumpet is lost and stolen.

I believe that Charlie Melk ( does a written appraisal for a fee and some of the other nationally-known technicians will as well. If it's for insurance, I would ask your agent to recommend an appraiser.

(If you do write Charlie, give him a week or so to respond, he's currently not available to answer email.)


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Thomas Krueger


I can answer your questions about Buescher trumpets and cornets. I have been playing Buescher for 35 years and collecting for 7.


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.

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.

©2017 All rights reserved.