Trumpet/Buescher super aristocrat
QUESTION: Hi Thomas, my son just inherited a super aristocrat trumpet, it's serial# 442697,I don't think it's really of any value but for his sake he would like to know the quality of play. He's been playing a few years and has been ( renting) one. He plays very well and would love to use it. any help would be great Thanks
ANSWER: When the Super Aristocrat was offered, it was considered the intermediate between the Aristocrat and the 400. Your Super Aristocrat is from about 1967 give or take a year. It should be nickel plated all over.
Buescher instruments are becoming more well known and the prices are rising. As for quality, it will hold its own with any modern horn you care to name, so he won't be disappointed. Make sure you get it professionally cleaned, which will include corks and felts as necessary. If the springs have red lacquer on them, they're the original stainless steel springs, leave those, they don't wear out.
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QUESTION: Thanks for the prompt answer, however the trumpet is solid brass doe's this make a difference in what you know or just a later model. It is in brand knew condition as well thanks again . Tony
I used the 1966 catalog to determine which instrument you had, since it was the closest to the estimated date for the serial number. After the Selmer buyout of Buescher, the availability of records prevents getting too specific, plus they changed the model characteristics several times.
As for overall usability, with the nickel plate or without, not much difference. All that matters is what comes out of the bell once he tries it!
Good luck with his playing of this horn.