My Aristocrat isn't necessarily vintage but it looks like hell. Its laquer is scratched and unclean, the third valve is a replacement after it snapping during band camp (dontask), and overall its just a beaten up horn, from me really beating on it as a six year old, then stupid fifth, sixth, and seventh graders knocking it from my chair, hitting the bells of their horns with mine, etc. Its in a rather sad state. Kids used to make fun of me for it being such a crappy looking horn. This is the horn (bad shot angle): it looks worse first hand. Yet no one would ever pick it up, despite the fact it was a great sounding and great to play horn! Then one girl was having her strad in for cleaning and needed a horn, so I gave her my Aristocrat (after I finally was given my Strad as a gift from my grandparents, and parents). She looked at it with disgust, but within two minutes of playing had this huge smile on her face, and turned to me saying this is so much better then my student horn, and quite frankly its not to bad compared to my Strad. Looks aren't everything. You make the horn sound good, and looks aren't everything. Sure a purty horn would be lovely, but the sound that the horn and player makes is what really counts.