This page contains a table listing the different features each model of trumpet has. For the moment this table only contains the trumpets made between (roughly) 1940 and 1970.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE A TRUMPET: Ideally you would want a serial number or a date the instrument was built. To convert a serial number into a date, go to Lars Kirmser's serial number list. This should give you at least a ballpark idea which model it could be, by checking which model was built when. Next, refer to the table below to compare the features (you are aware of) of your mystery trumpet to the known features of the models. .
Confused about the terminology I use? Visit the dictionary. In the following table, italics means that I guessed, a question mark means I don't know. If you own an instrument that doesn't fit this list, it might pre-date 1940 or be later than 1970. If you are sure it was produced between 1940 and 1970, please do contact me. See e-mail on main page.
|Model Number||Production period||Name engraved on
|Coprion bell||Wide wrap||Large Bell||1st Trigger||3rd Ring||Valve spring||Other distinctive features|
|Nickel plated valve casing
|12B||'37-'55||L:New York Symphony||Yes||No||No||No||Fixed||Bottom||Special: Nickel Trim|
|14B||'54-'60||L:Director||No||No||No||No||None||Bottom||Angled cross braces|
|18B||'54-'60||L:Director||Yes||No||No||No||None||Bottom||Angled cross braces|
|22B||'22-'57||L:New York Symphony||No||No||No||No||Fixed||Bottom||Late: Nickel plated valve casing and leadpipe|
|22B||'57-'7x||L:Victor||No||No||No||No||Fixed||Bottom||Nickel plated valve casing and leadpipe|
|36B||'59-'6x||B:Connstellation||No||Yes||No||No||Adjustable||Top||Early: Nickel Plated|
Early also on L:
|No (*)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Adjustable||Top||Nickel plated|