Topic: Cor anglais question

Hi,

I recently got a used cor anglais. She was in good shape. The lowest band on the bottom of the bell was loose and it was fixed (steel band fell off with a good sneeze lol).

After going through the instrument (a Selmer French model in a West German case - how many remember West Germany??!?) - I found the grenadilla where the serial # is was ground off. Now I have no way to ID the year she was made/born.

I did not realize it had no serial # when I won it at an auction. It's a long shot - but is there any way I can ID the approximate year it was made otherwise?

I'm not looking to sell it, just wanted to get an approximate date she was made. Thanks!

-gary-

P.S. Adding a 'rough' picture of her! smile

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Re: Cor anglais question

Don't see the picture…-kby

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Sorry it didn't upload. Hopefully this one works. She's a French Selmer. smile

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I think the image was too big. Here's a resized image.

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The usual reason for removing the serial number is that it has been stolen.

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Ian White wrote:

The usual reason for removing the serial number is that it has been stolen.

I thought the same thing.

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The serial number and logo of an instrument are pressed into the wood during production.  This means that the wood is compressed under the imprint.  So, even if the serial number is filed off, sometimes you can apply a bit of heat to the area with a little moisture and the slightly steamed wood will raise up revealing the number or logo.  I would recommend that you have your repair tech do this for you. It just might reveal the hidden number.

And yes, it is most likely stolen - probably from a school district.

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