Well, found this little baby TODAY in the band room (Noticed a trumpet laying without a case, and that the bell was strikingly similar to a band mate's Olds Mendez. I actually thought it was hers, until I got closer to it.). Serial number 898225, putting it at around 1974. Spoke with Dr. Farnsley, and I believe I can talk him out of the horn for a very reasonable sum (They've been using it as the horn for brass classes for YEARS. No horrible dents, although someone MANGLED the bell, and the fix job left the bell not exactly circular from a front view). The sound is excellent, although I can tell its not a professional model (especially after playing a Mendez), although it could easily give my strad a run for its money. I don't mean to post two subjects, but about my band mate's Olds Mendez, why in the hell doesn't more trumpet companies use the valve slide system used on the Mendez!??!? I've played it once, and I'm in love with the little levers! Someone should start bringing them back, or buying the patent, on SOMETHING!