I just received the 18xxx Olds Super and found out that what my friend Stumac has said to me in the past is accurate - "Be careful of buying those vintage horns at cheap prices on ebay because you don't know what you're going to get." (I'll post pics as soon as I can figure out how to get them off my iphone and onto my Linux desktop). The obvious flaws are as follow: Broken receiver - bell brace Completely incorrect bottom valve caps (they may not even be for a trumpet, rather hardware store fittings!) Missing 3rd valve slide finger ring Almost non-existent compression in the first valve Bent bell and slight crinkle just after the "finger hook" brace junction Slightly pinched leadpipe at receiver junction Missing 3rd valve slide stop rod screw Dark spot on bell near crook which could be red rot The main tuning slide is stuck On the plus side I've discovered: Once I cleaned it, it plays well! The entire bell is silver plate, not brass though other small sections (including the leadpipe) appear to be brass. I'll know more accurately after I've done a thorough polishing of the horn which I won't do until I've had all the structural damage assessed. The third valve dump slide (common on many vintage Olds' and usually stuck because few know about this feature) is free. Did I mention it plays well? Anyway, time to get it looked at and find out how much my $600AU investment is actually going to cost.