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Hi Tom,
Back at you again.  You may recall that box of 7 horns I purchased at a restaurant auction.
One is a Continental Clarion Cornet # 55655.  I cleaned it up today and except for a sticky #2 valve, it works pretty well.
Any idea of its year?
Also, I cleaned out the internal bell with Brasso on a sponge; horn appears to be in silver.  Having real difficulty cleaning the exterior so I don't know what the real color is.
Any idea where I can get finger tabs for this horn.  Only the #2 valve has the tab press.  
Thanks much,

Rich

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It appears that Continental Clarion is a stencil manufactured by Conn. Probably prewar but no way of knowing for sure.

If the horn is silver, you can put the horn in a nonmetallic container lined with aluminum foil and immersed in a mixture of hot water and baking soda. The tarnish transfers to the foil.

As for what I assume are the finger buttons, Conn used a standard size thread, so your local technician should be able to order you a set. They won't be identical, though.

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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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