Trumpet/New Yorker Cornet


The New Yorker cornet
The New Yorker cornet  
Hi! Me again. I recently got a "The New Yorker" cornet on eBay. After a bit of cleaning and a little gentle tinkering, the valves work smoothly and the slides all freed up. Plays nicely, has a good, solidly built feel to it. I was just curious if you knew anything about who actually made it and roughly when it might have been made? (Gretsch, maybe?)The receiver shows "Czechoslovakia" divided into two words, second one under the first. No other markings on it except engraving on the bell. "Store line" of a horn, possibly? Horn-U-Copia doesn't say much about it.  Thankee!

Bill, It is a store generic name used in the US. There were dozens of companies making these for sale here before WWII. The horn dates between 1920 and 1946 but it is hard to tell which company made it. I have dozens of them and the majority of them were made by Bohland and Fuchs. There were several other makers in the region that did generic horns. Also Couesnon had a plant there and did a lot of generic horns too. Since records don't exist anymore it is very hard to get the true origin.


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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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