So I'll start off by saying I am new to this forum. I used to play a little professionally, but I had to give it up for school. However, now that I have some free time, I am trying to get back into trumpet. I purchased a used, beat up horn on eBay, and decided to try to restore it myself. I got through the basics, cleaning the horn out, getting all the slides out and greased, but now I want to know if there's anything else I can do on my own to get the thing in really good condition. Here's my "restoration wish list". - There is a very small hole in the lead pipe. My current method of fixing that was with a little plumber's tape. Obviously, this is not a real solution, but is there anything I can do without a shop? - The lacquer and finish on the horn are faded. I was thinking about refinishing it, is this a good idea? Maybe removing the lacquer, polishing the brass, and relacquering or putting a matte finish on or something. - The horn is a little beat up, and has some minor dents in it. Fixable, or should I just go to a repair shop for that? If anyone has any input at all, that would help me out so much. I'm fully aware the best way to go about this is to go to a repair shop and have them fix it up, but I'd really like to learn how to do at least some of this myself. Thanks!