Bob Bussell purchased this horn, used, in 1943,
for $200. He later sold it when he started medical school,
but then re-purchased it two years later. He has owned it,
and played it,
ever since. It's had a few repairs along
the way but it plays quite well!
The serial number is pretty much worn away on the
outside, but Elden Benge also stamped the serial
numbers on the valves. All three valves are stamped
"524" as clearly as the day they were made.
I see no indication that anything was ever stamped on the
bottom of the 2nd valve casing, but it's possible that any
stamp may have been buffed out along the way.
Serial number on valve-#524