Re: Intro. and repair question
I would not recommend that you try to re-pad it yourself. That's a job you need someone who really knows what their doing. There's a reason that it cost so much money to re-pad a horn.
I'm not really an expert on online repair stores, but I wouldn't send my own horns off to something like that unless I knew I could trust them. Also, that seems a little cheap for a complete re-padding, which makes me skeptical of the quality of the repair.
Regarding buying a new horn, there are a lot of really bad horns for under $350. I'd stay away from e-bay, because you never know what your going to get at that price range. I've heard good things about the Etude student horn. If your going to go with a new horn, I'd go with this. Anything cheaper will most likely be a complete waste of money. Here's a link: