Jupiter is a subsidiary of KHS /Musix of Taiwan. They market Medici, Advantage, Altus, among other product lines. The company has factories in Taiwan, Japan, and P.R. China. The age of Jupiter instruments may be determined by adding one to the first digit of the serial number. The resulting number then would represent the year after 1984 that the instrument was manufactured. For example, if the serial number began with a number "4" you would then add "1" to this number and know that the instrument was manufactured in 1985. If the first number was a "0", would indicate that the instrument was manufactured in 1991. The problem with this system is that Jupiter has been manufacturing instruments for over a decade. As a result, it is not possible to tell if an instrument having the first number "4" was manufactured in 1985 or 1995. Jupiter marketed instruments in countries other than the U.S. prior to 1985, so there can be no real certainty that a Jupiter is not a vintage 1984 or 1985, though it is unlikely.
Trumpets will usually have a serial number on either side of their center valve. Depending on the brand, the serial number can tell you when or where the trumpet was made, allowing you to determine its vintage status and age. It also proves that it is a legitimate trumpet from that company.
If you are in the market for a historic trumpet and want to make sure that you are getting the real thing, research the serial numbers of the brand you are buying and cross-check that with the serial number on the instrument.
These days, the most popular option is selling an instrument online. These have to do with the number of options that exist, and how easy it is. But going to your closest music shop or even a pawn shop is also a valid option and might get you a great deal.Each of such options has its pros and cons.Selling OnlineThere are many options for selling used trumpets online. There might be dozen of different ways to sell it online.
As a result, the market for pro flugelhorns is probably dominatedby Yamaha. They make high quality products that are priced reasonablyand benefit from the market saturation of Yamaha dealers (i.e., theyare easy to find, try and buy). Yamaha has three pro models. TheYFH631, has a 0.433 inch bore, a rose brass bell, and clear lacquer.Its introduction dates back to the days when Yamaha product numbershad only three digits and 6xx meant lacquer and 7xx meant silverplated. This horn lists for $1,571, but is priced at $960 atGiardinelli. Yamaha describes the horn, with a rose brass bell andclear lacquer, as having "a clear light sound". The companion horn,theYFH731 is silver plated and has a yellow brass bell, but isotherwise identical to the YFH 631. The 731 lists at $1694, but isstreet priced at $1035. Yamaha describes it as "somewhat darkersounding than the 631," though silver plated, rather than lacquered.Many feel that silver brightens a flugel so flugels are more popularin lacquer than are trumpets. As mentioned above, the Yamaha 631/731,with its 0.433 bore appears to be a medium bore flugels and is uniquein that regard, when compared to all the other models.
Most of the Yamaha pro model brasses are made in Japan though acouple of models are made in the United States, including the YFH-631and -731 flugelhorns. You can tell what is made in the US by theserial number. If the number has an "A" following it, the horn wasmade in Grand Rapids. No "A" would indicate it was made in Japan. 2b1af7f3a8