I understand and thank you for the suggestion. I usually have it on an appropriate trumpet stand or in its case, but for the photo shoot I took a chance. I would normally not lay it down on a hard surface such as the wooden desk in the photo. Another thing specific to this horn; this is a lightweight copper tuning-bell Schilke. I always felt, maybe without reason, that the bell side of the horn was more fragile. BTW, as for trumpet stand. I am frequently switching between the 3 horns (see sig) and would like to have a quality stand that will safely support them. Any recommendations?