Trumpet/Old trumpet


I inherited an old trumpet that says "Cole, Made in Elkhart, Chicago" on the bell. It's serial number is 71925. This instrument came from a friend's father, who lived in Iowa. I figure it was made in Elkhart, Illinois anytime from the 1900's to the 1920's. It's mouthpiece says "Besson &Co." And the number 13.
Can you help me learn about this trumpet?

There is no Elkhart in Illinois.

Your trumpet was likely made by one of the numerous instrument manufacturers in Elkhart, Indiana for a music store called Cole in Chicago. If you provide a picture on one of the trumpet forums, such as Trumpet Herald or Trumpet Master, you might get an answer of who made your trumpet and approximately when. I could find no reference to Cole. Your date estimate may be correct but impossible to say without seeing the horn.

Besson and Company were a company in England that made musical instruments. The number 13 is the size, an arbitrary number as is most mouthpiece sizes.  


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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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