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I found one in a basement yesterday but there is no model engraved, the only thing it says on the bell is Kohlert 0501. It looks good all pads seal well but the key work sounds like an old typewriter.

I haven't found much info on Kohlert other than that they were good way back when and the later models are deemed "even the best are pretty bad" I couldn't take a picture but I plan on going back today since I am in the neighborhood.
 

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How old does it look? Are you sure it's a vintage Bohemian Kohlert, and not a modern Asian horn that has adopted the once-defunct Kohlert brand name?
 

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Zoot, it looks like an Asian horn but I'll try to get more info. It's been in the family for awhile but it did not look vintage to me. Other than a minor dent in the bow it looks great but like I said, the way the key works are rattling looks cheap.
 

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I'm certainly no expert, but do own two Kohlert stencils from the '60s, and can attest that they're both rock-solid. There are a few family resemblances that seem to carry over on the later models, like the trapezoidal G# pinky key touch, distinctive open right-angle bell-body brace, large and beefy neck strap ring, and sometimes rolled tone holes.
 

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Some pictures, certainly not a vintage horn, I found out it is about 4-5 years old, heavy as a brick and sounds a bit like a sock was lost inside but otherwise, scratched, dented, typical high school kid beatings taken. Since I have not found any other reference on the web I'm just adding to the knowledge pool:

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Yes, indeed, it looks very similar and the store it was bought does not dabble in the really cheap stuff. As mentioned, it the horn has been thrown around a bit but all the damage appears entirely cosmetic. There is no indication of the manufacturing location, though.
 
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