Trumpet/EK Blessing Cornet?

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Hi Thomas,
I have a old Standard EK Blessing Co. horn (trumpet or cornet) that I used from many years ago. Its a laquer finish in the original velvet lined box. It has the original mouthpiece with one minor dent. The serial number is 64671. Can you please tell me its value and also where I can get the valves rebuilt?

Thanks alot!

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That serial number suggests early 1954. Blessing is a respected brand in that era, but not especially sought out and the Standard was placed lower in the model hierarchy. Value might run anywhere from $150 to $250; it's very hard to say because condition makes a large difference and of course market timing and location. The best way to gauge value is to look at completed eBay auctions for the same model and age of horn.

Almost all technicians send horns to Anderson Silver Plating to refit the valves. You can choose to send your horn to a technician that will do most of the work and have Anderson refit the valves, or you can have Anderson do all of the work. In your case, I might suggest just letting Anderson do all of the work. The price will vary depending on how much work they have to do, but I would expect it to be $400 to $500.

Anderson's info: http://www.andersonsilverplating.com/band_instrument.html

Before you do that, however, consider buying a valve oil designed for older, looser valves. Choices include Hetman #3 "Classic" and Yamaha "Vintage". You might find that the thicker oil seals the valves adequately and you won't need to have the valves rebuilt just yet.

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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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