[Dixielandjazz] USN Trombone

Ron L'Herault lherault at bu.edu
Fri Mar 7 09:30:57 PST 2003

A little Goggling under "instrument serial numbers" reveals that Grand
Rapids was probably made by York.  I don't know if the number on the water
key is a valid serial number though.  No numbers on any struts or tubing in
the bell section, or on the bell?

Ron L
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[mailto:dixielandjazz-bounces at ml.islandnet.com]On Behalf Of John Wolfe
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 8:31 AM
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Subject: [Dixielandjazz] USN Trombone

I am posting this to see if anyone can help me fix a date
and possible value to a trombone, which belonged to my late mother.
It is a silver-plated very lightweight 'bone with the following bell
inscription: Made By Grand Rapids Band Inst Co Grand Rapids Mich
then below that: U.S.N. (in Block Letters)

It has a number stamped on the back of the water key handle: 13752
It has a King 11C Mp, the slide works smoothly and there is no case.
There are no dings, the finish is maybe 50%. There is evidence of a
little "pliers work" at the joint between bell and slide. It must
have once been set in hard. I can post photos on my website if
anyone is interested.

I suspect it is WWII vintage but cannot be sure.

Any Ideas? Thanks for any assistance in advance.

Keep on a-Huffin'
Johnny "Big Bad" Wolfe
<n2xbw at northnet.org>

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