Well you might guess I have a tech issue with my DEG signiture cornet. If I start about 3 weeks ago I took the thing easily up to G above the Stave about top of where I go with a cornet. Came back down and the thing was stuffy as anything, frowned realised that the area round the main water key was soaking, had the corks replaced. It was okay except for a huge tendancy to give me the old "Cracked Record" full of water sound very quickly. Upshot of everything there is water collecting in the bottom of the 2nd valve casing, actually it's running like a tap if I give the horn a shake.. Then Wednesday night while I was teaching I felt air round my right hand. I gave the instrument to my student who said basicaly that ain't right. The valves are still buttery smooth and fast but there is a lot of plating wear on 2nd.
It's not a huge issue because I have got a new cornet coming today (the big sister of my new trumpet) so I have an instrument (All praise the Royal Bank of Mother and her Credit Card) but I can't make my mind up as whether to throw good money after bad on the DEG. (Bearing in mind for the last year I have been very happy with it) Any thoughts would be really appreciated.