Hi! I have searched and read a number of threads about various trumpet condition maladies. Unfortunately, I'm still not sure what is going on with my instrument. I forced a stuck middle valve tube and it broke off near the valve and didn't come unstuck. I took it to a shop to get it sautered back on. When I got the horn back in March or so of 2010, it had the pictured red and blue discolorations.
1. My main concern is being able to play this horn long into the future. It has signifigant sentimental value (though I realize that is not displayed through the obvious lack of maintenance). Is this more than a cosmetic problem. Is it dire?
2. There is apparently a hole in the sauter as the sound is a little buzzy when I use the middle valve. The buzzing goes away if I plug the right spot with my finger. Would it be unwise to plug this pinhole with some epoxy? I do not have the dough for a professional tech and I no longer trust the above mentioned shop with my horn.
Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.
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