I bought this Black Pine at the Swindon Bonsai Show in Feburary 2014 for £150:
The tree was very healthy and I liked the nebari and the thick trunk. The main faults with the tree where:
1. There where no branches in the middle of the tree to use
2. The bar branch at the base
3. The tree had heavy branches at the top
One solution would be to graft some branches onto the trunk. I have created a virt of what it could possibly look like:
This does not solve the taper issue that the tree has.
The other possibility would be to create a literati style tree, something like this:
This is much quicker to achieve than to graft branches etc..