First dent always hurts the worst. Quick trip to the repair shop and by all means DON'T TELL MR HIGH AND MIGHTY BLAH BLAH BLAH. Make an excuse for it being in the shop for some other reason if you have to. No need to suffer his D-baggery. Feel your pain. Just put the first dent in my pristine flugelhorn this weekend. I do have a friend who has done some fantastic repair work on bells (he worked on aircraft/with sheet metal in the Air Force-took a huge crinkle out of the bell of a vintage Conn 2B to where you can't even feel the damage). I'll just tear up a little when I show him. Caution--this only works when you're a girl and the guy is resonably fond of you. Chin up, your secret's safe with us!