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Blessing XL-TR
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Designed for the advancing student, subtle changes in playing characteristics, resistance, and "feel" are the telltale marks of the XL Intermediate trumpet.

XL-TR Intermediate trumpet outfit in key of Bb. First valve slide trigger mechanism, third valve slide stop, tuning slide brace, and MonelĀ® pistons are standard. .460" bore. Complete with 7C Blessing mouthpiece. New wood shell vinyl covered case (C-135) has an attractive, updated look.
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Bore (inch): 0.460
Bell (inch): 5.000
Valves: Monel, 3
Website: http://www.ekblessing.com
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Review Date: 11/19/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $400.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: cheap; monel pistons; amado w/keys;
Cons: hard to tune upper register; fuzzy tone quality

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Review Date: 9/26/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $399.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: solidly built, attractive finish with a tone to match, nice case
Cons: none

At this price point, the Blessing XL-TR offers so much more than many horns that cost 150% more. It is a pleasure to pull out this pretty horn from the quality case. The valve action is super smooth and the tone joins the front seats along with my Getzen Eterna or Bach Omega.

I would recommend this horn as a back up to performing players, and definitely to anyone interested in starting out with a great looking horn with sweet tone!

Best of all, this horn is very "freeblowing" and will allow a serious student to start out right. The trumpet is challenging enough. Student horns that force players to starve for air just make the process a bear.
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Review Date: 5/16/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $300.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: cheap, trigger, plays decent
Cons: poor quality, slow valves

Purchased a lacquer XL over a year ago as my school horn. It plays well for the price and I would recommend it to beginners and intermediate players alike. However, make sure you get a newer one as the older ones (with lever waterkeys) have some quality issues.
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Review Date: 6/15/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $175.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Well built, good tone, free blowing
Cons: No complaints for the price

I bought this horn used as a backup. I mainly wanted one to leave in my car so that I would have it for last minute requests for rehearsals at my church. I have been very pleased with how well this trumpet plays! I'm not ready to give up my Strad, but this horn would be excellent as a step up horn for a high school student, a backup horn, or a primary horn for most people. By the way, the one I bought was an older model (built in the early/mid 80's) and has held up reasonably well. I have noted some difficulty in getting a good tone playing in the lower register.
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Review Date: 1/4/2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $500.00 | Rating: 2 

Pros: None Really
Cons: Vavles slow, hard upper register, sub-par tone

I expected this horn to be a step up from my Conn student model. I could not have been more wrong. The valves stick constantly, the upper register is terribly hard to tune and play, the finish is weak and rubs off quickly. I would reccomend a Bach or Yamaha Intermediate model for more of an investment.
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