Hitman, The advice being offered to you here is excellent. As you know, I too live in Oz and the trumpet purchase conundrum is a difficult one to master. Steer clear of eBay until you know your subject, until you've tried a lot of horns. Research will be the best way of selecting and buying what works for you. Yes I know it sounds like a drag. When you've had a chance to think about this - and you have a spare AUD$1200 to AUD$1500 (or more), then telephoning organisations like Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center (Centre) for example, will give you better protection from a crook instrument than buying blindly from eBay, but the 'world ain't perfick'. I don't want to sound like a smart a..se, but trust me, you have much to learn before taking on the scam agents in eBay. Squirrel away your spare "beer vouchers" until you know lots more about what suits you in instruments - be patient. ("The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get" or if you like "Act in haste, repent at leisure".) I researched for nearly two years to buy a quality intermediate horn (and I had spare funds, and I could fly to the US quite easily) - you've got an instrument, learn your craft first - because your choices will change as you advance. Keep asking questions - research, sorry, no easy way around it.