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I have a King Liberty trumpet, serial number 411566. In trying to determine when it was manufactured, the list said it was from after 1960. However, I know for a fact that I played it in 1954 on the Ted Mack Show on TV and I have photos of the horn in the year. Are there other lists of serial numbers to look at?

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This list is probably the best:

http://hnwhite.com/Serial%20Numbers.htm

But serial number lists are only a guideline, and it can sometimes be hard to read the number.

For example, your leading 4 might well be a worn A; some companies would add letters before or after the serial number for reasons of their own.  

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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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