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Courtois 522
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100% of reviewers $900.00 10.0


Bb, 2 water keys.
Bore 11,73 mm. 1° & 3° mobile slides.
Delivered with standard case and 1 1/2C mouthpiece.
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Bore (inch): 0.462
Website: http://www.courtois-paris.com
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Review Date: 3/1/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Its an older Bach strad copy - a damn good one
Cons: The case is small

I bought a silver plated AC522 trumpet from Matthews Music in Holland for $900 and really did not expect too much from it (Sam Ash have some to). I've owned $4000 trumpets before. To start with, it looks a lot like a B&S Challenger 1 trumpet and has a 4.782 inch bell and 0.459 bore. It has a one piece hand hammered bell. It plays very even from low G to high Bb (open valves) and is very consistent through the valve combinations. I've been using Blue Juice oil to break in the valves and they're really good now. With a Curry 3M mouthpiece in it, nobody can tell I'm not playing my 37 bell strad. The fit and finish are perfect on my Courtois AC522, which is an easy blowing trumpet.

Due to the Courtois brand being in limbo whilst Buffet Crampon decide what to do with them, these horns are on closeout at a terrific price.

In the UK, Dawkes music list the AC522 at 529 each but never have any stock. I believe Phil Parkers (London) might have some in lacquer around 500 to.

You might have to polish the tarnish off a silver one, but this is a true bargain.
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