I recently bought my son a 1955 Super Collegiate trumpet in mint condition. It must have sat in the trumpet case in the owners attic for years. I brought it to a instrument repair shop and had it restored with new pads, etc. I loved it with the fast valves and High register playing.
Well, so much for fast valves...at least for the 1st valve. My son accidently dropped the firstvalve down cement stairs at school when oiling it and ruined it, according to several instrument repair shops. Remember, these are short valves that are found in only Holton Al Hirt, Super Collegiate and T505 MF trumpet, as far as I know. I have these shops trying to find me a new valve, but College is going to come around soon. The cost of having this valve fabricated would be very expensive and I could just buy another "banged up" super collegiate cheaper than getting this done.
Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreicated.