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American Triumph tenor serial numbers.

I purchased this horn yesterday. It's a Buescher 30A stencil. Plays pretty well, but will need some work, and a better mouthpiece. Serial number is 26436. Does anyone have a serial number listing for the year of manufacture for this horn?

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I can't give an exact date but the key style looks to be 1935-50s. The lack of the patent date may make it pre-1942 so my "guess" is late 1930s. Also silver plate with the gold wash bell was popular then.
 

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According to my work-in-progress Elkhart chart, 1940. The Elkhart-built Selmer Padless came about in 1941 and the serial numbers for those start around 27000, so it's very likely yours is from 1940.
 

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Thanks for that. Let me back up here for a moment. I was sent to this forum by another user in my other thread in the Bb Tenor section. What is the connection between Elkhart and Buescher?
 

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Thanks for that. Let me back up here for a moment. I was sent to this forum by another user in my other thread in the Bb Tenor section. What is the connection between Elkhart and Buescher?
Short answer: Elkhart was the "second-line" of Buescher, somewhat similar to what Pan-American was to Conn or Indiana was to Martin.
 
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