Trumpet/blessing trumpit

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I have an old blessing standard trumpet with numbers 83832 and mouth piece that says blessing 13 . I was just wondering if it is worth being restored and if it has value

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Your Blessing trumpet was made in late 1958 and it has some value. What that value is, depends a lot on condition. Some few hundred dollars, maybe less.

Almost no trumpet is "worth being restored" if you go strictly by the cost involved. A restoration in lacquer is around $900 by a top-name technician, and rebuilding the valves, if required, is $400 or so.

That being said, I've bought horns and restored them because I play them. Comparing a new horn to a freshly-restored vintage horn, you pay a lot less for the restored vintage horn than you do a new custom horn.

That being said... I would only recommend someone restore a horn if they have a sentimental reason, for example the horn belonged to a relative, or you plan on playing it for many years. Economically, you can rarely sell a restored horn and get your money back.

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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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I am a technical writer with 15 years experience. I have also been playing trumpet since 1975 and collecting Buescher for the past 7 years.

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