Buescher Trumpet and Cornet Models

This GOAL of this page is to host pictures and descriptions of all known Buescher TRUMPET and CORNET models (and possibly a flugelhorn if I can find one!). The "long term" plan is to have a link on each model that will take you to a page filled with HI-Resolution pictures and information specific to that model. I am accepting any and all information, pictures, and corrections from anybody that will supply me with said knowledge.

*** As of September 2013, the Specific Model pages are starting to go up. I am still lacking infomation and really GOOD pictures of many of the models, but it's a work in progress! Links to these specific page are available on model that have GREEN model numbers. Just click on the model number and you will go to that specific model page***

The "Years Produced" dates below are FAR from accurate. I have done these by looking at my makeshift database. Some models I only have 1 or 2 entries for, so I don't have much of a range to go on.

Some time in the late 20s, Buescher renumbered their horns.
So one- and two-digit model numbers became 3-digit model numbers all starting with 2 for trumpets and cornets

In the 1935, Buescher introduced the "Aristocrat Custom Built" as their TOP of the line model, in 1939 the "400" was introduced and became the NEW top of the line model, and the Aristocrat and the Aristocrat Custom Built were redesigned at that time. The Custome Built models took on a WIDER wrap looking less like "Pea-Shooters" and more like modern trumpets. Also at this time of redesign, the nickel silver highlights that were standard in the Custom Built models became an "option", not the standard feature.

The first Custom Built models were engraved with "Aristocrat Custom Built". After the War Buescher seems to have dropped the "Aristocrat" from Custom Built, on horn engravings and in its sales literature.

If you happen to have a Buescher TRUMPET or CORNET model that I don't have listed (or you have better pictures than I have), please contact me and let me know! I'm always trying to improve this site.

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Trumpet Models
Model
Name
Model
Number
Bore / Years Produced Comments Image
?
about 1900
Cornet - Sheppard's Crook - TrueTone bell engraving
Unknown - Epoch?
?
about 1900
Similiar to the Epoch 1 below, this cornet has 3 different length Valve Tubes.

Epoch

 

1

 

1905

 

Cornet - notice 1st and 2nd valves are the SAME size, 3rd valve is shorter
    late 1800s early 1900s Epoch Valve Sysem
?
?
1913ish
Cornet
early Aristocrat

 

2

 

Early 1930s
Peashooter Design
early Aristocrat
3
Early 1930s

Peashooter Design

I suspect that this is the same model as the "2" model above but with a different Bore

Epoch
No. 3 Long Model Epoch True-Tone Cornet in Bb and A Higha nd Low Pitch

--Click on above picture for LARGER images--

"American Brand"
Sheppard's Crook Cornet - model ?

?
1910
 

 

?

 

1930ish

Odd cornet (or is it a trumpet) with an "opera"tuning mechanism

 Bb or A tuning

(more research is need on my part on this one)

Has the TrueTone engraving and a Serial number, no MODEL number seems to be present

True-Tone Trumpet

5

Bb Trumpet with Epoch Valve System, High and Low Pitch
with instantaneous "A" Tuning Slide
Epoch
?
Cornet - 3 different sized valves
New England

8

 

Small

 

Later becomes the 200 Model

small bore with medium large bell branch and bell diameter of 4-1/2". Made in Bb with quick change slide to A. 

Grand
OR
Maestro
OR
Trickster

9

1911-1928

Small

 

Later becomes 202 Mode

Model No. 9 is a small bore Trumpet made in Bb with quick-change slide to A. It has the famous Buescher patented Split-No-Tone Bell. Length 19-1/2 inches. Diameter of Bell 4-3/8 inches. Weight 2-1/2 pounds. Furnished in either low or high and low pitch.

Made in Bb with quick change slide to A.

Touted as being popular for its adaptability to muted effects (cat's meow, duck's quack, etc.) This probably doesn't sound very appealing today, but back in the 1920s, that was all the rage and was also known as "freak" playing.

Multi-Pitch True-Tone Cornet

 

10?

 

 

Cornet - Shepard's Crook

Epoch Valve System

Multipitch in Bb and A

 

True Tone
Eb
Cornet

 

10

 

Keyed in Eb

Long Model, High and Low Pitch

Shepard's Crook

Picture provided by Ed Jensen

Professional

or

Peerless

 

10 and 10-22

 

1922 - 1928

 

Medium

This model is believed to have been renamed in 1922 to the 10-22 when the other three 10-22 models "A" and "B" and "R" came out.

Professional

or

Symphony

10-22A

1922 - 1928

Medium

Later becomes 212

Bb / A with quick change slide to A

Professional

or

Symphony

10-22B

1922 - 1928

Medium

Later becomes 212

Keyed in "Bb"

Model No. 10-22B is the finest medium bore Trumpet on the market. It also has the patented Split-No-Tone Bell and is made in straight Bb, low pitch only. Length 19-1/2 in. Diameter of Bell 4-1/2 in. Weight 2-1/2 pounds.

Professional

or

Symphony

10-22R

1922 - 1928

Medium

Later becomes 212

Bb to A rotary valve change

Wizard

 

11

 

1922 - 1928

Small

A to Bb key Adjustment

similar to the Model 9/202, but with a rotary quick change to A 

Later became model 206

Transposing Cornet
12

Epoch Valve System
C, Bb, and A
High and Low Pitch

Built in C High Pitch, buy use of Combination Slide (as shown in the picture) is can be readily put into Bb or A High or Low Pitch

 

12

 

1922 - 1928

Bb to A rotary valve change
Parlor-Grand

 

C 13

 

unknown

bell diameter of 4-3/8". Made in C and has a rotary quick change valve and extra slides to enable it to play in C, Bb, and A. 

 

Virtuoso
14
1910-1920?

Cornet
in Bb and A

"High and Low Pitch with Instantaneous A Slide. If desired in C, Bb, and A"

"Split-no-tone Bell"

14

1920-?
Not sure when, but apparently in the late Teens or early 20s, Buescher redesigned the number 14 cornet. No longer offering the "high pitch" slides. I believe this model to be keyed to Bb
14-22
Cornet

 

15

 

Cornet
16
1914ish

Cornet

Possibly a variation of the 15 model, different bore size?

New England

200

1930ish

Small

Replaced Number 8

It is a small bore trumpet, with a medium large bell branch--a combination that permits a big full tone with a minimum amount of effort. Made in Bb with quick-change slide to A. Furnished in low or high pitch. Length, 19 1/2 inches. Diameter of bell, 4-1/2 inches. Weight 2-1/2 pounds.

Maestro
Trickster

202

1928 - ?

Small

Replaced Number 9

a strong favorite with professional orchestra players because of its adaptability to tricks.

Made in Bb with quick change to A. Furnished in either low or high and low pitch. Length, 19-1/2 inches. Diameter of bell, 4-3/8 inches. Weight, 2-1/4 pounds. 

Same as 212 (Medium bore) and 204 (large bore)

 

 

Peerless

 

 

204

 

Large
 

Adaptable between the keys of Bb and A

same as 202 (small bore) and 212 (Medium bore)

Aristocrat

205

1942 - 1949

All Brass
Early models were NOT labeled "Aristocrat", they were engraved "The Buescher"

 

Wizard

206

Early 1930s

Small

was originally Model 11

Its tone is rich, brilliant and penetrating. It makes a wonderful Jazz Trumpet, especially adapted to orchestra work.

Rotary valve for quick change to A

19 1/2 inches long

Same as model 216 (medium bore) and 208 (large bore)

Aristocrat

 

207

 

Early 1950s

Brass and Nickel Silver

Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet

 

"Favorite"

 

 

208

 

Large

bell diameter of 4-1/2" and rotary quick change to A 

same as 206 (small bore) and 216 (large bore)

Desperately need pictures of a 208 model!
Parlor-Grand

Aristocrat*
-Buescher 1934 Catalog

 

210

 

late 1920s early 1930s

Key of C, provided with slides to change to Bb or A

Compainion to the 255 Cornet model

18 3/4 inches long

"Built in the key of C... an ideal instrument for home amusement or for Sunday School and church work" -Buescher 1934 Catalog

 

 

211

 

 

C, Bb, and A trumpet

Read direct from music written for piano, organ, violin and voice witout transpoing. Besides it can be used in the band and orchestra simply by changing to Bb and A with extra slide. - Buescher 1939 Catalog

 

Desperately need pictures of a model 211!
Symphony

 

212

 

Late 1920s

Medium

 

Made in Bb with quick change slide to A. 

Same as 214 (medium bore), except the 214 didn't have quick change to A

"Built for those who prefer the more usual design in a trumpet. The special bore lends itself with equal ease to band, orrchestra or solo work." - Buescher 1930 Catalog

19 1/2 inches long

Springs on Top of the Valves

Buescher Grand
and
Ideal

 

214

 

Late 1920s
Identical to Model 212, except that it has no quick change slide to A.

Picture compliments of Billy Bohanna

Custom Built

 

215

 

Mid to Late 1940s

A very open blow
similar in design to the 205

Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet

Picture (right) provided by Axelip

Symphonic
216

? - 1929
Medium

Same as the 206 (small bore) and 208 (large bore)

"If you prefer a trumpet with a rotary quick change to A this trumpet will appeal to you"

19 1/2 inches long

"Lightweight" 400

 

217

 

Mid 1950s
Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet
Aristocrat

 

220

 

Late 1930s

Medium

replaced the 232 model

Bb with quick change to A

"Big B" Bell logo

Model 220 trumpet became Buescher's base-line Aristocrat model when it was introduced in 1939 and was a very short lived model.

Underslung 3rd valve ring is a unique feature to this model. Heavy valve block similar to the next gen 400s. Internally threaded top and bottom caps.

Reverse Wrap

Picture (right) provided by Axelip

400

 

224

 

Late 1930s to ?

Medium

 

bore at the second valve slide as .433 with a bell size of 4.63"

Silver trumpet to the right is HIGHLY refurbed and customized

Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet

400

 

225

 

Late 1930s to Mid to late 1950s

Medium-Large

Heavy valve block. Internally threaded top and bottom caps.

 Sideways-mounted nickel-silver water keys on the main and third-valve slides were unique to the 400 model horns

Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet

Same as 224 model but in Medium Large Bore

Picture (right) provided by Axelip

"Lightweight" 400

 

228

 

Late 1940s
Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet
Aristocrat

Late 1920s to late 1930s

Small

20 inches long

Made in Bb with Quick change to A

Springs in the bottom of the Valves

see 232 and 234 for pictures - same design, different bore
Aristocrat

 

232

 

Late 1920s to late 1930s

Medium

The 232 was  the first real medium-large trumpet Buescher made in the 20th century. it's wrapped tight for aesthetics but doesn't much (if at all) affect how it blows. The sound will likely be rich and somewhat dark. The bell is a bit smaller than modern horns, so they play a little more focused.

Same as the 230 (small bore) and 234 (large bore)

Springs in the bottom of the Valves.

Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet

-VetPsychWars TrumpetHerald.com

replaced by the 220 model

Aristocrat

234

Late 1920s to late 1930s

Medium Large

Same as the 230 (Small bore) and 232 models (Medium Bore)

Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet

Keyed for A or Bb

 20 inches long with a 4.25 inch wide bell, and weigh in at two pounds, six ounces.

Springs in the bottom of the Valves

Picture provided by Axelip

Custom Built

235

Mid to Late 1930s

Medium

Different Receiver then all previous Models - shared with 236,237, and 238

Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet

Nickel Silver hilights on the slides

"High notes, above the staff, can be played with remarkable ease on this splendid horn" -Buescher Catalog 1934

Picture (left) and Picture (right) provided by Axelip

Custom Built

236

Mid to Late 1930s

Medium Large

Same as the 235 but in "Large Bore", - Medium Large by today's standards see 235 for pictures, same design, different bore
Custom Built

 

237

 

Mid to Late 1930s

Medium

Reverse Wrap - Main slide goes into 3rd valve on opposite side of trumpet

Bb with quick change to A

"Full, rich tone has an exceptionally brilliant and penetrating power" -Buescher Catalog 1934

Springs at the TOP of the valves

"Wider and more Conservative model" then the 235

Custom Built

 

238

 

Mid to Late 1930s

Medium Large

Same as the 237 in "Large Bore" - which is most likely Medium Large by today's standards

Spring ontop of the valves

Custom Built

 

240

 

Late 1930s to early 1940s

Companion to the 266 Cornet

Has the "Big B" bell logo

"Start a tone softly and swell it to triple fortissimo and listen to the result. The tone remains full and resonant, never thin nor harsh" - Buescher 1939 Catalog

"The mouthpipe, main braces and all parts, where acids from the palyer's hands might eat through, are now made of a special nickel silver alloy to add longer life" - Buescher 1939 Catalog

Reverse Wrap

 

244

 

Most of the 1950s

Very unique top and bottom caps on this horn, they are hexagonal shaped rather then round.

The 3rd slide is in the more traditional place with this model.

Aristocrat

245

Cornet
Soloist
253
Late 1930s -?

Cornet

"well balanced, easy to blow and has a marvelous valve action"

quick change to A

Aristocrat (early 1930s)

Vocal (late 1930s)

255

Late 1930s - ?

Cornet

Key of C, provided with slides to change to Bb or A

Compainion to the 210 model

"A rich mellow voice which makes it particularly well adapted for parlor and religious use." - Buescher 1934 Catalog
Desperately need pictures of 255 model!

 

Aristocrat

 

257

  Cornet
Aristocrat
260

Late 1930s - ?

 

Cornet

16 inches long

Bb with quick change to A

Aristocrat

261

 

Cornet

"Designed especially for those who desire a Cornet of longer appearance and yet one that possesses a true Cornet Voice" - Buescher 1939 Catalog

Desperately need pictures of a 261 model!
Maestro
262
Late 1930s -?

Cornet

16 1/2 inches long

Made in Bb with Quick Change to A

Desperately need pictures of a 262 model!

264

Cornet - octagonal caps
Custom Built

265

Cornet

"Genuine cornet tone because the instrument is perfectly proportioned in taper and bore - no distortion due to effort to obtain "a different" appearance." - Buescher 1934 Catalog

Custom Built

266

Medium

Cornet

Successor to the 265

Companion to the 240 Trumpet

"Musically identical (to the 265) but is has been made more beautiful in appearance" -Buescher 1939 Catalog

Bb with quick change to A

400

274

Medium
Same as the 275 cornet except that it is Medium bore see pictures of 275 model, same design, different bore

 

400

 

 

275

 

 

Medium Large

 

Keyed in Bb

Cornet - Shepard's Crook

Underslug 3rd slide Ring

 

 

Flugelhorn
1920s -1950s?

15 1/4 inched long -

"Bigger and rounder tone then a cornet. The tone is of a sweet mellow character and is very pleasing to listen to."


** I am looking to purchase this model - if you have one and want to sell, contact me**

 

Aristocrat

 

 

T120

1956-1970s

 

-Big Finger Buttons
-bottom caps that screwed INTO the valves

Super Aristocrat

 

T135

1956-1965

 

-Solid Nickel Silver Bell
-Big Finger Buttons
-bottom caps that screwed INTO the valves
- bore - .462

 

400

 

 

T140

1956-1970s

 

-Big Finger Buttons
-bottom caps that screwed INTO the valves
have pictures... just haven't put them up yet...

 

Super 400

 

T160

1956-1965 (gone by 1966)

 

-Solid Nickel Silver Bell
-Big Finger Buttons
-bottom caps that screwed INTO the valves

 

Windsor

Windsor by Buescher

1950s - 1960s

"Winsor by Buescher" trumpets were a value-line made sometime after WWII until prehaps the late 50s or very early 60s.

They are said to be of GOOD quality and play well too.

The serial numbers on these trumpets may or may not be Buescher serial numbers - I have yet to look into this

 

BU7

Modern day

Low Quality, Student Horn at best

ConnDirectorFan on TrumpetMaster.com states, that the BU7 is a"Hoxon Gakki stencil of the CarolBrass 1000H student model"

Elkhart Built by Buescher
37B


1950s - 1960s

Trumpet

"Elkhart Built by Buescher" trumpets were a value-line made sometime after WWII until prehaps the late 50s or very early 60s.

They are said to be of GOOD quality and play well too.

The serial numbers on these trumpets are NOT Buescher Serial numbers (they seem to all be 5 digit numbers), I believe they are Elkhart Numbers.

Elkhart Built by Buescher

56B

1950s - 1960s

Trumpet

"Elkhart Built by Buescher" trumpets were a value-line made sometime after WWII until prehaps the late 50s or very early 60s.

They are said to be of GOOD quality and play well too.

The serial numbers on these trumpets are NOT Buescher Serial numbers (they seem to all be 5 digit numbers), I believe they are Elkhart Numbers.

Elkhart Built by Buescher

57C

1950s - 1960s

Cornet

"Elkhart Built by Buescher" Cornets were a value-line made sometime after WWII until prehaps the late 50s or very early 60s.

They are said to be of GOOD quality and play well too.

The serial numbers on these Cornets are NOT Buescher Serial numbers (they seem to all be 5 digit numbers), I believe they are Elkhart Numbers.

   
   

 

Information on this page was partially supplied by Horn-U-Copia and many postings by my friends at TrumpetHerald and TrumpetMaster websites, along with countless hours looking at internet auctions! Pictures were gathered from all over the internet, if I have posted a copyrighted picture and you don't want it displayed, please contact me and it will be removed promptly.
Special thanx to VetPsychWars, Axelip, and Beaukoo on TrumpetHerald.com for their MANY post about Buescher Trumpets and Cornets. THEY have provide the BULK of information I have gathered here in one way or another (either direct posts or links to catalogs or ads, or emails.)



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