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Question
I played this horn in High School and College and it is in excellent shape except some finish is off around the valves. Would tHis require a full refinish and if so does it diminish the value?

Secondly, what should I expect to pay to have it refinished to new condition and can you recommend someone to do it?

Thank you for your help in this matter.

Answer
Thomas, Any time a silver plated horn shows wear it is very hard to have someone "spot plate" it. So the silver plate needs to be redone over the whole horn. Wear to the silver does hurt the value but not to a great extent, but re-plating it brings the value back up. The 2001 is a very good player and a pro quality horn. So it is worth having done over at a shop. I used to suggest a plater in West Virginia but due to problems with several of his customers I no long suggest him. My best source is Anderson Plating in Elkhart Indiana. They do great work and have good pricing.  

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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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