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Hi, I've never used a musical band instrument before, and my friend and I were wondering around in the woods, and we found one just laying on the ground. We were confused on why it was there and I said I would try to figure it out when I got home. I looked at some other trumpets and this one is really bad looking. I don't know what happened to it, but the slides are a blackish color, and all the brass stuff on the outside is corroded and disgusting looking. Is there anyway I can make it look better? Or any store that won't charge me the $350 that Buddy Rogers said it would cost?

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Nick, To answer you properly I need to see the horn. But if it was sitting outside on the ground it will have several issues that would need some hard work to correct. Most likely, if it has been outside for a long period, the entire horn would need to be taken apart and cleaned in a heavy solution before it could be polished. Then you would have to determine if the valves are still good enough to use. So the short answer is, no there is no easier way to fix it. You could take the valves out and try to put the horn in hot water and simple green to clean it up a bit. That might help you to decide if it is even fixable. Plus the brand would help to decide. If it is an import horn, or no name model, it wouldn't really be worth the money to fix it.

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Mike Pawul

Expertise

I am familiar with most trumpets, cornets, and flugelhorns. I can answer most questions about playing and musicality. Best of all, if I can't answer it directly I play regularly in several bands and have many "old timers" that are familiar with most things that I am not. I collect, repair, and refinish old and new horns and have sold over 1700 with more than 900 on ebay

Experience

I have played since 1965 and studied with many directors and trumpeters. I have been collecting since 2002 and have over 150 horns in my personal collection. I have done repair and refinsh since 2003 and have done work on over 2500 horns.

Organizations
Kosair Shrine Brass Band and Dance Band, The Notables, The New Tones, Bourbon City Brass Band, River Cities Concert Band, Derby City Brass Band, University of Louisville Community Band, Member of Trumpet Players International Network (TPIN), Bugles Across America (BAA), Member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT)

Education/Credentials
I played at Brunswick High School. I played through college and have a BS in Business Administration from Trinity College. Of course, I am still learning from all my friends that play and work on trumpets around the world.

Awards and Honors
Without being vain, numerous awards and have played in several honor bands.

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