Horn Price and Spec Help!

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  1. HiggBeMe

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    Hey everyone, I'm a first time poster to these forums so if this needs to go somewhere else let me know!


    I'm trying to sell a trumpet that I've had for a couple of years, but need some help with its specs and an asking price and you all seem to be experts!


    My horn is a Bach Stradivarious and is in excellent condition. The model number listed on the bell is 43 and the serial number is 335157 ML. It has a reverse leadpipe and the number 44 is on the mouthpiece receiver. It also includes the original leather Bach case.


    My questions are if it's a reverse leadpipe instrument should there be an LR on the mouthpiece receiver? Also what is a good price for this horn assuming its in excellent condition (no dings, scratches, or tarnish/wear on the plating)?


    Thanks for the help!


    - Matt
     
  2. SteveRicks

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    The model 43 bell is probably the next most common after the 37. Year is 1989 -still a fairly good year range. If it is in very good shape it should fetch from $1000 to $1400. Out of that range and the person either got a great or terrible deal.
     
  3. patkins

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    I agree with the above. One can tell if it is reverse lead pipe by looking at its construction. There is probably no LR marking it. The tuning slide is fashioned differently from a standard lead pipe.
     
  4. TrumpetMD

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    Steve's right. For me, a good estimate for a used trumpet in excellent condition is about half the price of a new horn. A new Strad is about $2500. Half that is about $1250.

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  5. turtlejimmy

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    By that formula, my '56 Recording, which is no longer available new, was EXPENSIVE. It last sold new for something like $400. So, mine should have cost only $200 ..... I got rooked. :-(


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  6. TrumpetMD

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    Hey Turtle. That just goes to show you that any simple rule of thumb will only help so much. :-)

    And yes, you paid way too much for that recording. :D

    Mike
     
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  7. Pat S

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    I'll give you $250 right now! Feel better?
     
  8. tobylou8

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    HA! I will not let you take advantage of my friend like that! I will pay the full $400 retail price!! No one should try and take advantage of the turtle! :thumbsup:
     
  9. turtlejimmy

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    Thanks R2 TL8.

    Let me run that idea of yours up the flag pole and see if my cat salutes it. :lol:


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