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My trumpet arrived safe and sound. I am loving it. The sound is glorious. It has a wonderful density and lots of rich overtones. The intonation and slotting are excellent, and the notes bend easier than any other horn I currently own. Mechanically the slides are nice and tight, no drippy slides like so many other horns, even new ones. The valves are lightning fast and the tolerances seem very tight. This horn has better compression than any I have owned. I love the trombone style water keys, I wish all trumpets had these. I bought this trumpet for sound and hoped for good mechanics and am thrilled by all the extra touches, like the wonderful indented finger buttons. Customer service is top notch, I was able to get this without the 1st valve saddle and with brass valve stems. I've been playing on this mouthpiece for almost two months now. I find it comfortable to play and I love the sound. It's loaded with overtones and gives me a beautiful sound which works well for all styles of music. No complaints about this horn.
"Wins hands down when compared to my old Martin!"