Ok, so Im going to be completley honest here. Many of you who follow this forum may know that a while ago I got a very good deal on a chicago benge. I only payed (I forget exactly) $350 for it. It is a large bore and in fairly good condition, however I knew it did not play to its full potential and has been sitting in my closet for about a year. Well I decided that it was time to find out how it actually played. I thought it just needed a valve alignment and a valve replate, so I sent it out to doctor valve, thinking that itll be restored to its best playing potetial, I can compare it to my bach 37, and depending on which one played the best, I would sell one and make my money back, and getting the satisfaction of finally knowing how the benge was supposed to play in the process. Well I just heard back from Steve, and as it turns out the benge needs more work than I though to reach its full playing potentail, but as he said it is "a very good starting place for a restoration." It needs work on the valve slides and a few other things that would require the horn coming apart, which would entail a full restoration and re-finishing, but the horn would end up a very good playing instrument that looks fantastic too. Heres my question though, with a starting price of $350 and a full restoration running about $1100 (in that range depending on what plating I choose) if I get the horn back, but I still like my bach better, would I be able to make my money back by selling the benge? in other words, what do you think a fully restored chicago benge large bore would pull on the open market? I realize if the benge ends up playing better than my bach, Im not going to get that kind of money out of my bach, but I would end up with a better horn so its worth it. So I guess my final question is, If I put the money into the horn for a full restoration, but still end up likeing my bach more in the end, will the horn pay for itself if I decide to sell it?