Well I'm posing a question, and I would love to hear what the community has to say about it. here's my situation. Started playing again about three years ago. At my wife's request no less! So I ordered a trumpet but it's delivery was delayed for several months. So it was off to eBay to find something to play with in the intreme. To make a long story short within the week I had a king 604 cornet in silver plate sitting before me. .462 bore, nickel sleeves, seamless shepards crook bell, rose leadpipe, no dents, dings not even a ping. A heavy horn but well centered. I couldn't put it down.
For the tumpet guys out there the King 604 is the sister to the UMI benge 65b with a British wrap and as many of you have stated in the past and I quote the benge 65b is a great horn but the valves have a tendency to crap out. Well la! other side of the rabbit hole. Three years later first valve has lost most of its compression and the second valve is starting to act up as well. Even so I still find my self going to this horn even though I have other I could use . Would a valve job correct these problems. Do monel take well to plating. Am I just throwing money down a hole, the horn still sounds sweet it's just tiring to compensate for lose air. So what do you think can this horn be saved.