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hello Thomas,
today I came across a very old cornet with no serial numbers, markings, or a brand,but very similar to a Marceau cornet. I am guessing it was made in the late 1800's. The cornet is missing the 3rd valve sadly, about how much with it be to remake a valve, or buy another, and would this cornet would this trumpet be worth repairing.
Thank you very much,

The answer to your question is, almost certainly no. A very old cornet likely plays in high pitch, and we use low pitch (A=440Hz) today. A new piston with stem, caps, etc, can be made but you're talking about hundreds of dollars for a cornet that you couldn't use anyways.

Since there's no sentimental value, you're better off not bothering.


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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.

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