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I have a Henri Selmer Pais Gold trumpet  has not  been played since 1970.  Minor wear and tear  It has engraved
Henri  Selmar Paris  (Made in Paris with a Registared trade mark

On the upper 1st valve casing it has the number 13; the 2nd number is a 14 and the 3rd number is 15.  Serial number 32482 is on second casing.

I also have a Giardinelli-New York mouthpiece engraqved with LOUIS ARMSTRONG.  Can you tell me anything about the horn and mouthpiece values.

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There's no definitive serial number list for your Selmer Paris trumpet. The best guess I can give you is the mid-1960s.

The condition and the model will determine the value of the trumpet. It could be anywhere from a few hundred up to $1000. The mouthpiece could worth anywhere from $20 to $50 depending on whether a motivated buyer was interested.

As an aside, valve blocks were built at Selmer in lots; those valve casings were the 13th/14th/15th of that particular lot.

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