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I bought a Buescher trumpet at an estate sale about 10 years ago. I rediscovered it yesterday while unpacking some boxes from storage. It has "The Buescher" on the bell.  It is a tru-tone. It is also two-tone yellow brass & a silver looking metal. It is in good condition. I would like to know if is has any value, if so How much?

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Your Model 204 "Peerless" trumpet was made in 1928. Most of the line at this time were smaller-bore horns, which played well, but require a differently-shanked mouthpiece.

I see you have at least one of two original mouthpieces it was sold with and it's in good condition. This horn has a satin-silver plate with gold wash. Never polish the gold, it will come right off.

Value is difficult, because of the age. These horns aren't collectible, so playing condition is important. If the valves aren't worn out and you have the case and all of the accessories, then you might get $250 for it at auction. Buescher is still not as well known as other makes, so visibility will make a difference during sale.

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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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