I just received the 18xxx Olds Super and found out that what my friend Stumac has said to me in the past is accurate - "Be careful of buying those vintage horns at cheap prices on ebay because you don't know what you're going to get." (I'll post pics as soon as I can figure out how to get them off my iphone and onto my Linux desktop). The obvious flaws are as follow:
- Broken receiver - bell brace
- Completely incorrect bottom valve caps (they may not even be for a trumpet, rather hardware store fittings!)
- Missing 3rd valve slide finger ring
- Almost non-existent compression in the first valve
- Bent bell and slight crinkle just after the "finger hook" brace junction
- Slightly pinched leadpipe at receiver junction
- Missing 3rd valve slide stop rod screw
- Dark spot on bell near crook which could be red rot
- The main tuning slide is stuck
On the plus side I've discovered:
- Once I cleaned it, it plays well!
- The entire bell is silver plate, not brass though other small sections (including the leadpipe) appear to be brass. I'll know more accurately after I've done a thorough polishing of the horn which I won't do until I've had all the structural damage assessed.
- The third valve dump slide (common on many vintage Olds' and usually stuck because few know about this feature) is free.
- Did I mention it plays well?
Anyway, time to get it looked at and find out how much my $600AU investment is actually going to cost.