Well, I pulled out my 1952 Holton Collegiate Model Cornet from the lonely cellar with the other Chinese horns who live snuggly together on a wooden rack. The battered case was a real question what to do with, throw it away or keep but anyway I got my mini clamping vice and did a list of things to do. Today was the start of the restoration of my Holton Cornet. Generally, its like one of those beat up school cornets, but no dents. Its got severe red rot in hand-held positions with majority of the horn with wear (needing a re-lacquer job). The Holton Cornet had a minor leadpipe bend and I suspected tension was holding on the left side of the brace. So, after today's shopping involving a new bottle of Newport extra-purified gas for lighters, I lit up those torches and put them in action. For the first time in my life, I removed one brace from a cornet. It was a good success took a few posts by stumac on trumpetmaster threads on un-doing braces and I was ready to go. After the brace was removed, the leadpipe somehow reverted into a straight position, so the one major tension area was cleared. I did not have much time tonight so that was what I did and freed all slides and valves. I ordered a build kit for the cornet, (felts, springs, corks and etc) because the cornet was in need of valve springs (someone took them away) AND one other thing I did was, to polish the tuning slide with MAAS and got that shine back. PHOTOS TO BE ADDED. Very excited, I hope one day the 'chosen' cornet will come into my hands for its restoration but I think I will need to practice a few years.