I bought this instrument to play jazz or pop music because I realized that on small bore much better sounds these styles. I use it in bands as soloist. I didn't know anything about Carol Brass before so I was little bit worried if it will be suitable. However I must to say that I positively surprised! It sounds perfect, the bell is very quality like other parts of instrument too. Slide works great! Of course we can't expect the same results as a more expensive instrument but for playing jazz or pop music is perfect. It's also very good choose for beginners. I recommend it for those people who want for very low price a really good instrument!