Serial Number Help

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Jack M, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Jack M

    Jack M New Friend

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    Hi,
    I have an Olds Fullerton Cornet. The serial number on the valve casing is A00965. Can anyone interpret that for me in terms of the year it was manufactured.

    Thanks!
    Jack
     
  2. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

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    Jack,
    Yes we can help. When Olds reached s/n 999999, they started again with A00001 rather than go to 7 digit numbers. That was in October of 1977. Since yours is only 965 units after that, it is a very late 1977 model. I have 2 horns with 'A' series numbers, one is a 1978 and the other is a 1979, perhaps 200 from the last one made. They are both very nice playing horns. Those who say the last Olds models were not at good as the 50's and 60's models either have not played the 'A' series or else have one that has been 'distressed'. So, be happy with the one that you have. It should be a good one.
     
  3. Jack M

    Jack M New Friend

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    Thank you so much. Geez, it's fun to be back into this!
     
  4. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

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    Yes, it is a lot of fun. I see what I missed during my 30 years off (of course, I had 5 kids and 8 grandkids to keep me busy but now I have more time for this fun). And, you have a great horn to boot. An Olds can take you just about as far as you want to go. My 1953 Ambassador cornet is still playing as strong as when it was new.
     

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