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Trumpet/Holton Model 29 Cornet with "U.S." engraving

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I recently purchased this cornet with the serial number 154984.  This came with what appears to be the original case as well printed with "U.S.".  Based on the serial number, can you be year specific?  Is there any way of tracking which branch of the military may have had possession of this cornet?  Considering having this re-plated, pros and cons to consider?  Any help greatly appreciated.

Answer
Joe, In the serial number chart the horn dates to 1945. The US designation was used on all military horns and the only way to know where it was used would be to contact the Quartermaster and see if the records still exist.

To have it re-plated it needs to be in decent shape to start. Severe pits or deep scratches will still show unless the shop buffs the heck out of it. Buffing thins the tubing and causes problems with the playing and structure of the cornet. If it is in decent shape and they take care in buffing then it will turn out to look almost new.

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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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