Forgive my rookie question, and I suspect the answer will be, "you get what you pay for." My daughter has a old King trumpet circa late 20s, that has sentimental value. So as a second trumpet for marching band and general practice, I bought her a Giardinelli GTR 512 in Jan 2011. A couple of months ago, the first valve broke and it just spins in circles. I took it to a local repair shop and they said it couldn't be fixed, because the parts aren't made anymore. I got to ask... is he serious? I have a 1920s trumpet that still plays great and another that breaks 2.5 years later. I know that the Giardinelli isn't up to the standards of King or some of the other better brands. But for $630, you'd think it would last a little longer!