Ted, I bought the trumpet in an SA Thrift shop and that was about the time that I began removing mpcs from my resells and sending the mpcs off to be rehabbed and replated and then sell them separately. I got as far as a diner with my buy when asked if I played and asked to see it. I told him I was taking it to a shop to have the mpc removed and the shop hadn't opened yet ( a little white lie ). He asked to see it and I showed it to him just before the waitress brought me my food. We exchanged cards and I ate my meal. Later that night he called and offered to buy it at a price that twiisted both my arms behind my back. All I remember was that it was a Bach, and I'm still quite a bit naive about them. When he came to my apartment he had his own mouthpiece and played it ... very well. Ten $100 bills was offered and the deal was done. I hand wrote him a Bill of Sale (didn't have a computer at the time). I had paid less than $100 for it and while there was some wear on the lacquer I hadn't seen a dent in it. Valves and slides all worked and the case was leather and complete with key. I've no idea if that mouthpiece is still in my collection as well as another that came with it.