I just picked up the Ambassador trumpet I posted about in the trumpet discussion section. The owner told me over the phone that it was about 20-30 yrs old. Turns out it is serial number 361093, which I think dates it to 1961 or so. Everything works. I pulled the valves, and other than being dry, they look good That’s the good news I was hoping for. The bad part is a couple of small dents on the horn and a LOT of missing lacquer, scratches, etc. Needs a good cleaning, and the spring is weak on one of the spit valves. As far as playing, I could barely make a note since it’s been 30 yrs, but he is a retired music teacher and plays baritone and sax in a band. He played a few tunes for me and it sounded fine. Wound up paying $100 for it. Can anyone tell me what it would cost to get a couple of small dents pressed out? I may get a dowel and do it myself. I don’t suppose it is worth putting too much more into.
Now the fun begins.
Thanks for the help.