Buescher Serial Number List

Years and Serial Numbers are Approximate.
Buescher Trumpet Serial numbers are most often found on the 2nd valve casing - OR if that is buffed off, check on one of the valves themselves! Pull out a valve and look on the section just below the button and stem. In MOST Buecher trumpets in the 1950s and earlier, you can find the serial number here as well.
Please see the Bell Logos section to see samples of each Bell Logo.

If your Buescher Trumpet/Cornet bares an engraving of an ELK on the bell, please see the note below the serial number chart.

Buescher Serial Number List
Serial Number Year Manufactured

Logo Type

Model Introduced: "True Tone" 1890-1932
1 1888-1904  
1903 Fire in Elkhart plant destroys all prior records
5000 1905  
5620 1906  
6610 1907  
7808 1908  
8580 1909  
11250 1910  
13685 1911  
15870 1912  
18178 1913  
22860 1914  
"Union Label" Introduced
25103 1915  
28875 1916  
32350 1917  
37540 1918  
46975 1919  
61255 1920  
78525 1921  
99275 1922  
125750 1923  
150250 1924  
175275 1925  
202350 1926  
222175 1927  
235250 1928  
245250 1929  
255275 1930  
260125 1931  
Model Introduced: "Aristocrat" 1932-1963
264025 1932  
265523 1933  
267356 1934  
268971 1935  
272896 1936  
279300 1937  
284418 1938  
288024 1939  
291336 1940  
Model Introduced: "The 400" 1937-1966 (?)- Serial Range 283xxx - 438xxx
294125 1941  
297527 1942  
War Years - Reduced Production
303000 1945  
312000 1948  
316000 1949  
326000/332000* 1950  
337000 1951  
347000 1952  
350000 1955  
360000 1960  
381000 1963  
About this time Selmer Purchased Buescher
408000 1965  
520000 1970  
630000 1975  
785000 1980  
875000 1983  
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*1950 Serial number is different on various sites.. so I have listed BOTH numbers, I think the number MORE accurate would be 326000.

Please note that there are a FEW exceptions to this chart.

1) Some of the modern Buescher labeled trumpets from the 1970-present that have serial numbers that do not correspond to this chart. Most seem to have the "Upsidedown Nike" Bell Logo and are model BU-7. Selmer must have done a serial number "reset" at some point.

2) I have also noticed some of the 1960s "Side Scroller" and possibly "Top Scroller" logoed trumpets/cornets that have serial numbers in the 100,000 range. These obviously are NOT subject to this serial number chart. These are most likely mid to late 1960s instruments.

3) Most (if not all) Buescher trumpets that have the "ELK" logo have a separate serial number listing. The Valve Block on these instruments are made by Elkhart and thus have a completely different numbering system.

Any Trumpet or Cornet with the engraving of an ELK (see below) will NOT match up on the Buescher Serial number list. They also bear the inscription "BUILT BY BUESCHER". These instruments had their OWN serial numbering system. Most were made post World War II possibly up to 1960. If you see one of these horns and the owner is claiming they are from the 1920s or 1930s or before, then they are using the wrong serial number chart. I do not know if an Elkhart Serial number list exists or not.


Big Thanks to Dr Rick's Vinllage Flute and Sax Shop website for providing some of the serial numbers and years produced.
I also gathered information for this page from MusicTrader.com website that cites Albert Mensinga as the source for MANY of the serial numbers.
If you happen to have any additional information that would make this chart MORE accurate, please feel free to email me.

 



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