I have acquired my fathers old instrument, which after a little research I think could be a copy of a Selmer Paris Manhattan Bb cornet.
The trumpet and case look just like pictures I have seen of a Selmer Manhattan of the period, problem is that neither has a makers mark of any kind!
The trumpet has a serial number 1041 at the mouthpiece opening and 154, 155, 156 on the valves, plus an engraving including the word Manhattan on the bell. No other markings can be seen.
Included with the instrument is a Selmer Paris mouthpiece which is marked........?!
Is it likely that copies were circulating around the UK in the time of WW2? I know the instrument was bought second-hand from a dealer in 1946 in Chelmsford....no other details known...
Any suggestions/clues to help me determine the origin of the instrument?
I don't have any pictures to upload yet...it is away getting some tlc to free-up the slides & valve bases.....