If it wasn't for a few tiny dings here and there on this horn you'd swear it was new. It's less than 2 years old and has been well taken care of. It's a large bore model 20 - the flagship of the Paxman line. The lacquer is still perfect as is the valve compression (0.1!). All this and it comes in an MB5 case (a $525 value - it does need one backpack strap). Paxman horns produce my favorite sounds. Just listen to the London Symphony or The London Horn Sound and you'll see what I mean.