Hi, I have a Solborn Boosey & Co Class A Light Valve Cornet, 295 Regent Street, 81555.

I'm trying to find out its age & worth to see if it's worth gettin it serviced. It played fine for the 8 yrs I was playing, but now the valves have seized. It needs some tlc one way or another.

The most I have discovered is its probably 1900-1930-ish.

Can you help?

Look forward to your reply, thanks, Emma.

Emma, Sorry for the delay but was out of town. The horn was made in 1910 and was a professional level player in its day. It does have value and is well worth repairing. In good shape they go for several hundred dollars so putting a little work into it is a good investment. Most likely it just needs a sonic cleaning and new corks and felts. It is very easy for horns to seize if left without oil and grease for a period of time. But that can be taken care of by a good repair shop.  


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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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