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Buescher True Tone Trumpet
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I volunteer at a non profit thrift shop and a recent donation brought to us is a Buescher True Tone Trumpet LP 9, serial number #195279.  It is relatively good condition, a few dents and some tarnish, but it appears to me anyway, that is has retained its original silver finish.  There are three original mouth pieces and the music holder as well as the piece you use to accomplish other sounds.  (I don't know what that is called).  I will attach pictures, but was hoping you could give us an idea what to ask for it?  We don't like to insult our donors by "giving things away" and it seems this is a very nice instrument, especially with all the things I have read about it.  However, nothing really states what the value of such Trumpet is.  

Thank you,
Julie Condrin
ACT II Thrift Shop
Madison, CT

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The music holder piece is called a lyre and the other piece is a straight mute. All in all, a nearly-complete kit; this horn would also have come with an adapter to use a cornet mouthpiece.

The mouthpiece that looks different isn't original; it would have come with two, which you appear to have.

The serial number places manufacture at 1925. Condition is good but not amazing. On ebay, this horn might sell for around a hundred dollars; the newer horns are more popular because modern mouthpieces don't work so well with this horn.

You might consider pricing it $50 to $75.

Good luck with your sale!

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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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