Trumpet/Trumpet Info Request

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What information can you give me on a Elkhart Ind. trumpet. Serial no. 38076 stamped on left side of  no.2 valve. The trumpet is in fair condition, no dents. Is it worth restoring, donating, or using as paperweight. Thank  you.

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Horns that are unmarked except for their origin are usually not desired much by players. It is likely made by one of the big companies in Elkhart in the 30s, Buescher, Conn, Martin, Blessing... but without a close inspection, no way to tell.

It's probably not worth restoring... few instruments are but those of sentimental value. A technician would be able to tell you whether it is worth donating.

Sorry I can't tell you more.

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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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