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My grandmother has a 1930s cavalier silver trumpet. On the trumpet there is a  picture of a knight riding a horse. Under that it says Cavalier and Elkhart ind USA. On the 3 valve holders (if you want to call them that haha) it has a cereal #. The number is... #018314. If you could tell me what this trumpet is and what it's worth then that would be great! Thanks so much.

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Skyler, The first thing is to make sure you have a trumpet and not a cornet. The Cavalier line had both, but they made more cornets than trumpets. The Cavalier was the student line from Conn in the 1920's-1930's period. Your horn dates to 1925 and was made at the Pan American factory of Conn in Elkhart Indiana. They are not rare and are not know as tremendous players. I can only give you a broad range of valve since I haven't seen the horn. The factors that create value are the type (cornet or trumpet), wear to the finish and valves, work needed to put it into top playing shape, and where and when you sell. Based on that the range is $25-200 with the top being a trumpet in almost mint shape.  

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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

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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.

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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)

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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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