Aw, man, what a bummer... sounds like you got a real gem for that price! I'll tell you what, man, I was sh***ing bricks when something similar happened to my flute. I took it to the shop, and they fixed it up perfectly. There is no denting to speak of. What there IS, is a vague discoloration where the dent was to remind me to be more careful! Plays fine, though.