Hello Ladies and Gents - This is my first post and I admit that I am not a huge computer guy. At any rate, I used to play trumpet several years ago in middle school and have now decided to pick it back up again. At that time, I did not even know what I was even playing. My father purchased one for me at a pawn shop used. However, I vaguely remember it not being the best... but was still grateful. Now that I am older I want to make sure that I get a good horn to start again with. This leads me to my dilema (or maybe not depending on what the general consensus is?). I recently found a pre-UMI King Silver Flair Trumpet (c. 1968-69, SN 452xxx) in pretty good condition. I have heard great things about this horn and how it plays. So I was on my way to purchase it when I happen to stumble across a Bach Strad 43 (c. 2005-6, SN 634xxx). It is in good shape as well except for some small ding on the bell. (By the way the King has somewhat less dings/scratches). Now for price... I am getting both for a good price. The King... approx. 400 and the Bach approx 500. I just wanted to know thoughts from those that I have played with each or have an extremely good knowledge about the horns compared to each other. I know that the ultimate decision will be mine... but given me being such a novice, I would gladly appreciate any and all input. I know that the Bach strad is clearly a superior horn but I'm just not sure about how a newer one will compare to an older/vintage King Flair. Thank you so very much in advance and look forward to your help. If this turns out to be a landslide... than forgive me (then i did not research on TM as I should have done) but what I have found thus far have been mixed at best and nothting that truly gives a head-to-head comparison. Well... Cheers and thanks again!!!!