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03-17-2006, 02:30 AM
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Horn Review: Review for the C180L Sterling Plus bell, lacquer finish, 229 bell/H leadpipe. I played mulitple bell combinations/finishes/leadpipes and the 229/H combination was my favorite. The other material I liked was the gold brass bell due to diverse tonal color (maybe not the best section horn, but great for solo work). The Sterling plus won out as a personal favorite, the sound had the best comination of a sweet ringing tone and brilliance. The silver plated brass bell I believe was the most billiant and cutting of the finishes. I mostly play solo work, so opted for this combination.
Great valves and slides functions and a beautiful horn as well. Yes, 3d valve combination at bottom/below the staff require a tweak on the 3d valve slide. Not a big deal! No other issues.
There is a reason Bach horns are so respected and played by professionals, I'm new to Bach but am now sold.

If your hunting for your first C trumpet, I played both the ML and L bore and prefer the large as it has a more open feeling. The ML is quite stuffy as compared to a similar Bb trumpet. The L bore took some getting used to, but after about a week no problems. Recommend a more open mouthpiece then on a Bb, ~24 bore/throat, but up to your personal desires.

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