Vintage trumpet dating guide
Note: From 1987 to present, add 50 to the serial number prefix to calculate the year of manufacture.*1980 - 1986 serial numbers are for student trumpet and cornets only.Other cup mouthpiece serial numbers are not available at this time.This is further compounded by the existence several companies that have used the name "York" since then, including Boosey and Hawkes, the American company Brook Mays and the current manufacturer Schreiber & Keilwerth in Markneukirchen, Germany.Since Carl Fischer chose to outsource some York models and use assemblies from other companies under their control (such as Blessing), trying to make sense of anything not built in Grand Rapids has been compared to trying to herd cats. Conn Saxophones1976 - present Date Serial # 1976 83000 - 89496 1977 91314 - 98992 1978 98993 - 111820 1979 111821 - 128691 1980 128692 - 145001 1981 145002 - 154753 1982 154954 - 170073 1983 170074 - 184336 1984 184337 - 201207 1985 201208 - 221243 1986 221244 - 240141 1987 240142 - 261465 1988 261466 - 2731783811713 - 3821881 1989 3900000 1990 4000000 1991 4100000 Note: From 1987 to present, add 50 to the serial number prefix to calculate the year of manufacture. Conn encompasses some of the greatest names in musical instruments - C. Conn, King and Benge brass instruments, Artley and Armstrong woodwinds and Scherl & Roth strings.Other cup mouthpiece serial numbers are not available at this time. One Saturday night in 1873, Civil War veteran Charles Gerard Conn got involved in a brawl that resulted in a split lip.Comparative quality of Conn instruments From time to time I am asked whether a model is a professional or student model. 1900's - 1940's Conn cornet and trumpet bore size descriptions Before World War 2 Conn used "small", "medium" and "large" to describe bore sizes.Here is a translation into more familiar numerical terms.
This guide, then, confines itself to York instruments made in the Grand Rapids factory.
There is now an expanded information base of over 2,600 York instruments to reference, starting with"York & Son" in 1887 and continuing through several name changes until the Grand Rapids plant was closed in 1971.
For more information, go to the Detailed Record of York Instruments.
Following the list are the facts and assumptions which were used to create it.
This guide was started using details of just a few hundred surviving York instruments.