Salvation Army Cornet Serial Numbers


In the late 1800's, The Salvation Army manufactured their own line of brass instruments. Salvation Army bands were required to buy their instruments from the Salvation Army factory, and the story has it that players were only allowed to use them for Salvation Army work.

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Salvation Army Bandmaster Cornet. This has a small patch on the 2nd valve slide. From the estate of Byron Autry. In good playing condition. All valves and slides move freely/. Both braces from the valve section to the bell have been re-soldered. This cornet does not have a mouthpiece or a case. Please see photos. Instruments with serial numbers between 140.000 and 210,000 are the most valued. The serial number#156.Xxx of this 1946 Martin Committee cornet is well within this serial number range and is highly sought after for that reason. My technician described the.

Over the years, a number of different models were produced, including 'Own Own Make', 'Triumph', 'Triumphonic', and 'The Bandmaster'.

As time went on, the factory retained their tried and proven manufacturing methods, as other manufacturers moved towards automation. Eventually it was too late and expensive to catch up, and in 1972, the factory closed.

Salvation Army brass instruments were typically designed and made 'tough', so that they could withstand the often rough treatment that occurred while playing on street corners and roads.

A number of current designs have been attributed to The Salvation Army. The trombone lock on virtually all modern trombones was first developed on their instruments. An early flugelhorn design featuring a bow-type tuning slide was developed but later dropped.

This site showcases a modest collection of Salvation Army brass instruments, dated from the early 1900's to the mid 1960's. Some are in original condition, some have had repairs, and others have been completely restored to better-than-new condition. Each has their own story.

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Salvation Army Cornet Serial Numbers Chart

The youth music group of the Fredericksburg Corps was instituted several years ago as an alternative activity for the economically-disadvantaged youth of the Fredericksburg area. There are a number of reasons for instituting the music group, but three are primary: first is the need to provide a safe place for pre-teens and teens to gather and to learn a new interest – giving them reasons to stay out of gangs and time away from troubled homes. Second, most of the youth have literally had no cultural or arts-related exposure in their lives; indeed, many of the participants have never dreamed of playing a cornet, or a French horn, tuba, guitar or keyboard. This program not only gives them this chance, but teaches them to play and trusts them with the instrument (they are allowed to take the instrument home, as each instrument’s serial number is recorded.) In essence, while learning a new skill, the youth is also learning about trust, character and teamwork.