While we're looking at restoration projects, let me brag on one of our local techs-- Merlin Grady in Waterloo, IA. While his specialty is trombones-- he's a trombonist himself-- he does wonderful work on all band instruments. He has a number of pics on his website, but my favorite is this one of a Yamaha tuba that looked beyond hope. Here's the link and you can see more by clicking on the projects tab above:


I can highly recommend Merlin. The testimonials on his website are great, as well.