After noticing a York Airflow trumpet on Ebay a couple of weeks ago (which went way above the contents of my piggy bank), I found a couple of York instruments that were more in my price range.
The cornet is a York 75 and has the engraved YORK name perpenducular to the bell axis (no city name is shown). It is serial number 63249. It was pretty much a basketcase with stuck valves and slides and tarnish. I cleaned it up and freed up the valves and found it was a decent player. It is actually quite pretty when cleaned up. It has nickel outer slide pipes which give it a nice highlight and the valves were in good condition after unsticking them so it looks like a keeper (maybe). The problem was that someone had previously tried to free the main slide and in so doing had completely mangled the crook and had broken the braces that hold the leadpipe on and had bent the leadpipe so the two outer slide pipes are not parallel. I took it to one repair shop and they said the work to fix it was way more than the cornet is worth. I think if I could find a replacement main tuning slide, the rest of the repairs I could do myself.
Does anybody (Oldlou?) know of a source for salvage parts for this?
The other one is a trumpet which has construction that looks very similar to the cornet so I assume it is a companion model. However, the YORK name is parallel to the bell axis and there is no model number or city name shown. It also has nickel slide pipes and underslung water keys and those features, along with the construction of the valve guides and pistons are VERY similar to LA model Olds Ambassadors. It was badly tarnished (looked like it was left out in the weather for years) but also cleaned up nicely and is a good player. The serial number is 652491 so it is much higher than the cornet number even though they appear to be similar vintage.
I have gone to the horn-u-copia site and read the history of York and looked at the models there. There is a York 75 cornet that is only a few serial numbers from mine. The posts with it seem to address several models so I could not sort them out but one mentions a Blessing Artist cornet. Does that mean this is just a stencil made by Blessing? Also, the photos of trumpets are all much older than mine so I can't tell if any of the history there relates to this trumpet.
York 75 Cornet: