I just recently bought a used Kanstul 1525 that had beautiful engraving on the bell, except upon closer inspection the muse had an extremely ugly face, looked like a witch. She must have cast her spell because now I have become obsessed with that mellow sound from flugelhorns and cornets. Since I can't buy new cornets, and there are not that many flugels that I want besides what I found in my 1525 and since most new horns lack the engraving. I have been buying used ones, over the past week, I have bought 4 cornets a 1956 Buescher 400 cornet ($182), approxi 1967 King Silver Sonic ($225), 1968 Conn connquest cornet ($45), 1957 Holton Tri metal collegiate ($225). I am watching an 49 martin committee, a Conn 1958 18a coprian bell cornet and a 52 Olds special cornet. I could also use suggestions for a mouthpieces. I'm using a kanstul monette clone b6 on my trumpet and a Kanstul Harrelson 7c and Benge 5 Harrelson on my flugelhorn. I have just received the King Silver Sonic it plays okay but is in terrible cosmetic shape. When I opened the case it had an odious rancid valve oil smell that filled the room. I immediately took it apart and put it into a tub of warm water with fragrant soap. It needs pads and corks, but otherwise plays and sounds alright. With these my first ebay purchases other than my flugelhorn, I'm expecting for the cheap prices I paid, I will get what I paid for. So I was wondering if someone would steer me in the direction of how to strip off the old lacquer and if needed who to send it to for complete restoration, if my experimenting finds my totally out of my league. Or maybe I have found a new hobby. As I said in other posts, there is very little in Salt Lake City Utah as far as trumpets and cornets go. Tons of guitar and piano and even violin making schools, but no brass. Since I'm obsessed with buying, if I can become obsessed with restoring, everything will work out. Otherwise, it will become an extremely expensive hobby. I'd appreciate any suggestions.