I have a lovely little Schilke that I've been playing for three years now--through high school. I'm now a senior and section leader but when I pulled out my trumpet this summer to practice a little I found a giant dent in the front of the removable bell. It's most likely it was dented somehow when I left it on the chairs during graduation in the spring. My dad, being the trumpet-geek he is, attempted to fix it himself but instead managed to dent it further. I need to have it fixed before school starts (around labor day), but I'm wondering if I should have it sent downstate for repairs using our local musical shop chain or if I shoul pay more money to send it to Schilke. Is there a significant difference in results? And how long do these repairs normally take? I was thinking of getting it cleaned in the process as well seeing as I've only bathed and snaked it twice a year since I got it.