Ideally you should have a record of the serial number with your sales receipt and won your insurance details.A serial number can of course be used to identify a stolen instrument.Serial numbers with a "V" engraved after the serial number are factory seconds.The main thing you learn from serial numbers is the age of the instrument of course.A few remarks Some instruments, mostly from the 1920's, have either a star ("*") or the letter "B" stamped near the serial number.
The last Adolphe Sax saxophone recorded in the Selmer Paris archives was sold in 1944.
This list is not correct for Conn saxophones (see Conn Woodwind Serial Numbers) or Conn bugles (see Pan American Brass Serial Numbers).
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