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B&S CHALLENGER 3131/2
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Description:
High-Bb/A-Trumpet Challenger II, Handhammered one piece bell,
Boxed bronce springs, Challenger Monel pistons, Nickel silver outer slides,
Trigger at the 3rd valve slide, Bb-and A-leadpipe,
Bore: 11.8 mm (0.465") , Bell diameter: 100 mm (3.937")
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Bore (inch): 0.465
Bell (inch): 3.937
Bell Type: 1 Piece
Valves: 4, Monel
Website: http://www.challenger-trumpets.com
Keywords: B&S CHALLENGER NO.3131/2
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Review Date: 8/24/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,600.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Brilliant sound, great response
Cons: Trigger not particularly useful

 
This instrument is very good value for money and an excellent alternative to the piccolo trumpets of Schilke and Yamaha. I played the Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Trumpets with a colleague who plays a Schilke P5-4 - and the two horns fit perfectly
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Review Date: 5/19/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,999.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fit, finish, playability, intonation, tone, & overall quality
Cons: price, if anything

 
For my taste, as well as many others, the Schilke has been considered the best, with the Kanstul being a VERY close alternative at $1k less. So, that's where I'm coming from. That being said, the B&S 3131 is superior to both in all respects. That's a pretty big order to fill - I suppose you could say that they have met their match with German engineering, craftsmanship, and quality. Since they are priced about the same, I think most will go for the Shilke name, and that may be a mistake. Take advantage of a trial purchase - you may be very glad you did. Outstanding in Bb too. I know folks who, having tried the B&S Bb, can't wait to trade in their strad. The XL bore makes it free blowing and intonation is about as perfect as possible (for a picc). BTW the silver finish is absolutely stunning.
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