Some horns give access into the past. This Courtois C Cornet was made ca. 1900 and is excellent physical condition. With instruments of this age, of course they do have some physical tarnishing and previous repair battle wounds, but overall the plating is in about 85% of original condition. This instrument does not come with a case and requires a small shank cornet mouthpiece to properly fit the receiver. Incredibly, this cornet is in playing condition and sounds beautiful. If you are looking to capture the sound of the music from a generation long past, this is the instrument to give you that sound.