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Charles Lavallee coronet
Jun 21st, 2019 at 2:59am
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Hello folks,

My daughter and I stumbled across a silver plated Charles Lavallee coronet at a local Value Village.

We can't find much information on the manufacturer or the horn on the web.  One of the few mentions of Lavallee instruments is on this site.  Near as we can figure the coronet is about 100 years old and despite the age, it's in amazing condition.  I've gone over it with a fine tooth cone, but I can't find any serial numbers. The manufacturer was based in Montreal Canada and they supplied high end instruments to the Montreal symphony.

I'll try and put a link to the pictures of the instrument and case below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CJcrws9tLsN2T4Nkl9fN-ABGrBXteUEY

If people can't get to the Google Drive directory, I'll try and post the pictures here.

Thanks in advance...

Mark
  
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Re: Charles Lavallee coronet
Reply #1 - Jun 21st, 2019 at 3:57am
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This is a Lavallee Cornet


  
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Re: Charles Lavallee coronet
Reply #2 - Jul 15th, 2019 at 9:57pm
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How rare are Lavallee Cornet horns by the way? I've not seen one yet besides in the pics.
  
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Re: Charles Lavallee coronet
Reply #3 - Jul 24th, 2019 at 12:30pm
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Charles Lavalee horns are rare probably since he was just a retailer stenciling horns from other makers. The business probably only lasted until 1924 when he died. He may have supplied horns to professionals but the one you have is not one of them. Yours looks like a typical design by Bohland & Fuchs of Austria who sold to dealers all over North America who then added their own name. These are student level horns which should play fine if in good condition but have little value today.

The cornet you have is a copy of a York Perfectone that B&F introduced in 1912. Look for a country of origin stamp where the mouthpiece goes in or on the middle valve. There also may be an anchor symbol or B&F on the middle valve. Go to BrassHistory.net for histories on Lavalee and B&F for more information.
  
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