i'll be honest, it wasn't the one I originally wanted, but that one just couldn't be got, so I went for this one instead, and it's fantastic.
valves worked straight out of the box, smooth and very quiet, a major stress for me having had two trumpets on which the valves got worse and worse. it's a good weight, I might've preferred a little heavier but it sits well in my hand and is nicely balanced. the 2 tuning slides are a bit of a novelty, i'm used to square section tuning slides but i'm using the round one for now, just to get a feel for it and then maybe switch. sterling silver lead pipe makes for a bright sound without being brittle or aggressive and is overall very free blowing, easy to go above the stave, even with a practice mute in i'm clearing top Fs and Gs, and there's plenty room for volume - this is a lead trumpet player's trumpet.
and I took it to a blow band rehearsal, let the guy on lead have a blow and now he wants one too. a Bach man through & through, he's seriously considering a Carol as his main hooter.
if this was someone else's that I was having a loan of i'd definitely buy my own.
and I cannot praise thomann staff and customer service highly enough, I was a real pain with this order but they helped me throughout, e-mail updates, tracking information, information about the availability of my first choice and very helpful regarding options when that fell through. thank you thank you thank you.
had this trumpet about a month, six weeks now, the more i play it the more i love it. i love it. i absolutely love it. i love the sound, the look, the feel, the responsiveness, everything everything everything everything everything. i haven't enjoyed playing a trumpet this much since i got my B&S challenger 1 seven or eight years ago, and it's entirely possible i like this one more - sorry B&S.
Bach Strad like, but BETTER. Sound more colourful. Very satisfying to play. Good all round orchestral trumpet. Not just excellent for the money, but excellent by any standard. Incredible bargain at current price. The close tolerance valves need lots of cleaning during running in. Not a fault at all, just a warning for future buyers. Love this instrument.
Bb Trumpet ML bore: 11.70 mm, 5"(127 mm) Standard Gold brass bell (wall: standard), Stainless steel valves, Silver plated, Including bag, 3C mouthpiece, additional main tuning and 3 extra slim...
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