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    American Diplomat?

    Hey all, I have a question for the historical experts of the forums..

    Does ANYONE know anything about the "American Diplomat" company? It is, to date, the ONLY entity that I would think should be widely known that is completely absent from the internet. Nowhere online is there ANY information on this company. I have one of their trumpets and was wondering about value, dating, etc.

    The trumpet is in very good condition with some small cosmetic issues - minor wear and tear that could most certainly be polished out with only one small ding that I can see. "American Diplomat" is stamped into the bell of the trumpet and it bears the serial number 20789.

    Thanks for your input, everyone.

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    Re: American Diplomat?

    No one has any idea?

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    Re: American Diplomat?

    Maybe the one person who does hasn't read your post yet. Give it a little time.


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    Re: American Diplomat?

    i too have a American Diplomat trumpet ser# 66908
    i believe we have a rare instrument, that alone should make it worth a bit.
    mine here is in excellent shape, but it needs to be re-lacquered.

    good luck..

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    Re: American Diplomat?

    I find nothing on Horn-u-copia. Horns were made with the name American anything, over the years, usuall stencils of some sort. Can you owners post some pictures? Maybe their are some design clues to be interpreted. Are they American made or have some other country of origin on them somewhere?
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    My dad bought me a brand new American Diplomat in 1965 when I was in Junior High. It cost $100 and was made in Union, NJ. I remember seeing a large stack of these trumpets in the corner of the music store; each case wrapped in brown paper. I had no idea it was a cheap horn until I was an adult. I only played trumpet three years before switching to trombone. My son played it in grade school for one year and it has been in the closet ever since. I have pictures of it and will post them once I figure out how to do it.

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