It all started with an Olds Standard Trombone I got for $50 off of Craigslist. I was enjoying it (first time at 45, had played trumpet in Band in grade school, stunk at it, hated my teacher, then my kid started playing and got me interested again, but trumpet was not going to work for me) I wanted to try valves, enter ebay and the $15 horn.
Now fully restored I have this. About $150 dollars in the horn with parts shipping and having a pro remove dents and re-solder the leadpipe. Sounds great and I'm pretty pleased with how it looks too. I swear I thought I was buying a raw brass horn painted black at some point. I was shocked to find not only was it silver but the plating is about 95% intact.
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