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Hi, just got hold of a Julius Keilwerth Toneking-New King model soprano 1957 SN 344XX made in Germany. It is in a pretty poor state now, the bell rim is a bit bent (the endbit only) the nickel has some oxidation traces in the form of pitting, all pads need to be changed....I could have it re-hauled for a 300/350 euros from my capable technician who would take care of most of the issues and make it playable again (he did always a good job with most things he has done for me) but the question is, is it worth it? I paid very little for this horn which I more or less out of pity bought from a teenage girl whom (the parents were there....and at first I said I didn't want it because of all the expense involved.... but she really needed the money...and so on) was given it from some relative to supplement her pocket money. I play alto and tenor, I don't have a soprano. I just don't know if this soprano is worth the effort or not. How much do you think is worth now and after a rehaul (I am asking for an educated guess here) is it worth passing it onto someone else who can do the rehauling him or herself? Or do I just hang it on a wall?:?