I have been playing for a tad over a year, and Just had my first public performance at Easter service. earlier in the day Easter sunday I played a song at the Senior home and it did well...then there was the Offertory at my Church, it was my time to play a song and here I go...I started to play then the 3rd valve stuck on me... I tryed to work it loose and did get it going again but it sure did make the difference with my performance. Oh dear, Now what? go back into seclusion? Wait till I get my Getzen? I have tryed to duplicate what went wrong that morning! Darn, I can NOT for the life of me get that 3rd valve to stick again. My question would be then, what would cause the valve to stick as it did, and then not stick again? Was it my technique? sluggish with too much oil? or is the used Conn showing its age? I just recently had the horn chem cleaned by the music shop, the week before...what happenned? I have practiced lots on the songs and found one that I was very comfortable with and played that song at Easter Service... I have read other horror stories. At one audition, someone practiced lots and knew the song well, all was great...then at the audition a spring broke and there was NO recovering from that one like I tryed to recover from the stuck valve... I will be back. but this experience has solidified my belief in that I need a newer, more reliable horn, thus the Getzen 3850S for $1295.00 Yes, there are so many horns that are just as good, and almost all of us here on the forums have our preferences...I must now decide which is the one I'm gonna go with and this will be my choice...I can't put it off any more. Is this horn playing just a game or hobby? Or is it something I will be able to do to help others express their praise and gratitude to their God? So, again, what would have caused that stuck valve? I had to get my limited fingernails under the valve cap and pull it loose, it wasn't moving...but then it did pop loose.