Trumpet/master trumpet

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I have a Master trumpet made in Elkhart, Ind. USA with a serial number of 13785. It was my father's, so I assume it was made in the 30's??
It has no dents but does have wear from use. Small parts of the horn are silver, while the rest is brass.
Is it valuable besides sentimental value?

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That appears to be a stencil made by one of the manufacturers in Elkhart, which includes Buescher, Conn, Martin, Blessing, Indiana, Elkhart Band... no way of knowing without seeing it and even then it can be nearly impossible.

A mix of brass and nickel silver tubing began in the mid to late 30s and persisted into the 60s. It's a bit more likely after WWII than before.

Stencil horns usually don't sell for much, so as you surmise, its value is nearly all sentimental.

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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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