What's on my Benge???

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Ian000450, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. Ian000450

    Ian000450 Pianissimo User

    Aug 28, 2009
    Oklahoma, USA
    I was greasing my Benge with the private teacher recommended bell's grease(which I love) and on the bottom of my 3rd valve slide it said 43. What is this? Thanks for the help.
  2. nieuwguyski

    nieuwguyski Forte User

    Aug 9, 2004
    Santa Cruz County, CA
    Manufacturers frequently put the last two digits of the serial number on the valve slides (in non-obvious spots) after they've been fitted to a valve assembly, so that components can't get mixed up.

    Does the serial number end in "43"?
  3. tipo mastr

    tipo mastr New Friend

    Jun 6, 2009
    This prompted me to check my serial on my F besson C trumpet, circa late 1940s.

    i had noticed numbers on the valve block, both sets of top caps and the bottom caps but never knew what they were.

    what they turned out to be was a match with the first, third, and fifth number of the serial number. in other words, it ran like


    interesting find :cool:
  4. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    I will need to take up code breaking soon to keep up with you guys. Very interesting thread, I have never worked out some of the numbers I have seen in spots, I will have another look.
  5. Ian000450

    Ian000450 Pianissimo User

    Aug 28, 2009
    Oklahoma, USA
    Yeah, the last numbers are 43. Sorry, I couldn't get on for a while.
    (P.S. Happy Easter!)

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