Trumpet/Selmer Trumpet


My husband and I were thinking of having his Selmer trumpet restored for our son to use for high school--serial no. 17048.  It has some scratches and dents.  Do you think it should be resored, or better left alone?  Also, I noticed you answered a question in March, 2009, regarding a trumpet with the same serial number.  My husband bought his used in the early 1970's--could it be a fake--and how can we tell?

Tracy, I would expect that the person with the question either mis-read the number or transposed two of the digits. I don't believe anyone would fake a horn for just a few dollars of extra value. It is a pro horn and very collectible. I would suggest you have the dent work done and have the horn sonic cleaned and the valves adjusted. That will keep it close to original and would make it play like it should. Your son would be getting a great pro player that would carry him into college.


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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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