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Before and after photos of the restoration of a J.Higham cornet. This cornet is from the turn of the century, and came in through the post packed in a wine box. It was beaten up and had several leaks, broken finger hook, missing finger button, no water key, and generally in a pretty bad state.

Now it plays beautifully, with filled splits, sleeved tubes, lapped valves, polished slides, new springs, felts, water key with matching screw, and a brand new finger button made from a flute key. This took a lot of work, but the customer was so pleased they called me as soon as they got it, and with a shake in their voice, thanked me from the bottom of their heart. That made it all worth while.

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends are back at the Library after a much-needed restoration! The five dolls, which were given to the real-life Christopher Robin in the 1920s, inspired the characters in author A.A. Milne’s iconic and beloved Winnie-The-Pooh books. You can visit them now at the Children’s Center in our Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue.

P.S. - Winnie turns 95 this month! Send him a birthday greeting here.