Hi All, Well, managed to drop my 8310 onto the bell end this weekend. The drop was only about 10" but the impact was not square to the bell which caused an almost spiral type dent / kink that propagated around about 3/4's of the circumference. Repair job cost R250 / 7.2 = US$ 35. Lessons learned. 1.) Any repair no matter how small to be carried out by someone who knows what they're doing. 2.) Never carry your trumpet with 2 fingers wrapped around the tube in vertical position while carrying cooler box, cycling shoes and muffin tin. 3.) When in transit, always in case. 4.) No problem is ever as bad as it seems at first glance. pppphhhheeeeewww. Cheers Paul.