The horn I am looking at is Ten's horn. Unfortunately it needs alot of work just from the description
King Tempo Low B-flat (58xxx)
This one needs an extensive mechanical overhaul with a bent body and many, many body dents. I was told the damage was a result of poor shipping packaging. Several posts are un-soldered, the bell to body brace at the bow end is cracked and will need to be silver soldered. There are no dents in the upper bow, but the neck curl (water key area) is out of round/bent/dented. The neck is in good shape, never pulled down before. Original lacquer around 75%. I was planning on making this horn my jazz combo/solo bari, but alas...
Would the damage described cause any tonal damage, or any long term damage?
I am also looking at a King Zephyr Bari, which does not need as much work, but its serial number dates it to 65-70, which makes it a begginer horn, right? It needs some work.
What would you recommend? Taking the PRO horn that needs alot of work, or the "begginer" horn, that doesn't need as much?
I am more worried about the tone, and build quality then anything else.