My wife and co-workers just don't understand how great my latest finds are.
Over the weekend I stopped at an antique shop. They had a Besson 609 and a Conn Director cornet. I inquired about a price, negotiated a little, and got both for $45 plus tax.
The Besson has evidently seen some use. The laquer is spotty, there are several good dings, and some bell damage has been marginally repaired. From five feet away though, it looks pretty good! I haven't cleaned it yet but it plays surprisingly well!
The Conn has one small ding and normal laquer wear. Other than that it's in good shape. The Conn-Selmer sight dates it as a 1964. I've cleaned it and it plays well. It's definately a heavy horn but it's really well built. I'm amazed at how good the valve compression is.
I've been looking for a cornet, and while this isn't what I had in mind, I couldn't pass it up.