I picked up a 1970's Getzen 300 Series for $32.50 of Ebay. The only thing wrong with it is the crumbled bell. The valves looked good inthe Photo's and the rest of the trumpet looked like it has seen plenty of use but was other wise taken care of so the slides look to be free of dents. It has the old style water key's not the Armando style we are used to seeing today on the 390/490 series etc..... It has nickle silver bolster on all the tuneing slides. So I am going to send it out to get a new bell. After the new bell I will have it refinished in silver. I am not planing on switching out the lead pipe or doing anything fancy like rever leadpipe etc...... I am thinking this will make a great gift for my son latter on when he has out grown the Holt 602 he is playing on now. THe best part is that an old trumpet that would other wise have been used as scrap metal at the local recycleing center or parted out is going to get a new lease on life. When I get it done I am going to find someone that can test it out and maybe post a recording of it. I am a hack at best and would prefer to have someone competent test it out and give you their opinion. I was pokeing fun at a guy on here the other day that is in a band in Kalamazoo Michigan. While that is a 2:30 drive from me it would be cool to get him to play it since he is a professional musican and since he has plenty of high end trumpet's to compare it too. My opinion would not count for much since I am not a professional and I have a sever bias. I would love it if we could post a recording of it so the rest of you could hear it! Truthfully what I would love would be to get a large assortment of trumpet's that people think sound great from Olds Ambasador's to Mt Vernon Bach Strad's and everything in between. Then have one person play a few bar's of say three different styles of music say Jazz,Classical and Big Band into a digatal audio spectrum analyzer and capture the audio and it's foot print onthe analyzer. Then post all the results so we could see what is really going on and what instruments produce the various sounds that different musicians are after with no industry bias!!! If their is one thing I hate it is opinions that cannot be backed up with objective measurements. I am not blameing anyone becuase this is just the nature of things but I think that it is time for a change. Instead of blindly towing the industry propaganda line we need a objective and repeatable way of evaluateing instruments in addition to what a reviewer has to say. I am not saying that the human being listening to the sound is not as important as the reading from the machine rather I am saying we need to have more then a person take on what he heard since we can not be in the room with him to hear what he is hearing! When I make a statement about which motor oil protected my engine better I can show my "Used oil analysis" report which is done in a labratory under controlled conditions and is measureing parts per million of various wear metals that are int he oil and the ph of the oil and any associated solids left in the oil. This is kind of what we need in this industry if we as the musicians want to be in controll of what we purchase and why? Right now it is all marketing and word of mouth but really how many of use get a chance to play a Taylor,Bach Strad,Eclipse,Jupiter Tribune, Blessing Artist,Getzen's custom line, Vax line, Yamaha Xeno etc.......... Spectrum analyzer's are built into most recording software so even a person with a amature home recording setup could do this if they had access to the trumpet's. I have RF Spectrum analyzer's but that will not do this forum any good but they are a great tool for doing diagnostic work. I am sure some trumpet major at some university has already done this but has not published their findings. So if someone knows someone that has done this do try to get them to share. The problem as I see it is that no one want's to share what they know because it would cost them business.