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Courtois 305
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This "Elite" model is designed to satisfy the most discerning artist. Its rich tonal characteristics are derived from its heavy hand-hammered long-seam bell. Distinctive professional features include a detachable leadpipe and innovative ball-stop on the first slide.

Specifications: Courtois 305

305 in the key of Bb.
Bore: 11.75 mm (.462"). Mobile 1st and 3rd valve slides.
Heavy handmade long seam bell.
Monel valves. Ball stop on the 3rd slide.
Delivered with deluxe case.
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Bore (inch): 0.462
Website: http://www.courtois-paris.com
Keywords: Courtois 305
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Review Date: 9/25/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $780.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: incredible horn, fantastic tone
Cons: exacting, for a pro, not the forgiving big sweetspot of the Bach

 
check out this link
http://www.nakariakov.com/
this is the exact model pictured on his "No Limit"
album. One assumes he used this model on the trumpet cuts on here. Guaranteed you WON'T sound like him. This kid is a freak of nature.
But back to the horn, I have had it now for 1 1/2 years and it still sounds great. I am a "comeback" player, picking up my old Mt. Vernon Strad after 37 years. I was looking for an "everyday player" and I got a terrific deal on this Coutrois 305R. LaBlanc was in transition (being bought by Selmer)
and let go their warehouse inventory here (they are no longer the Courtois American distributer).
This horn is a fantastic horn for the true professional. It has a terrific tone and manufacturing excellence. It is NOT as forgiving as the good 'ol Bach however. The slotting is very good, but EXACT. You can't score a near miss with your lip, and the trumpet bail you out like the Bach, it will crack the note. However, if you are
professional, this trumpet is every bit as good as you are, definitely NOT for the community band 2nd/3rd comeback player.
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Review Date: 9/26/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great tone! Great slotting!
Cons: Cant think of yet

 
Agreed!!!
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Isaias Jimenez
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Registered: March 2012
Posts: 33
Review Date: 5/1/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $900.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sound, valves
Cons: heavy weight and heavy to blow, very dark sound

 
Its a very good looking horn, with great sound. The sound it give you is VERY different from any other trumpet. however its very heavy, I once took it to a POP gig, and well after two sets I was done. Something that never happens to me with any other trumpet. I also found that its VERY hard to make it sound dirty. The valves pronounces everything very clearly. Also Its was very hard to get used to the intonation.
Good horn to collect not to play everyday.
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Isaias Jimenez
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Registered: March 2012
Posts: 33
Review Date: 12/30/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: fat sound
Cons: low D very sharp

 
I sold my first model and after more than a year of looking for this model I finally found it. these horns have a much higher built quality than the new models.
perfect for soloist. not very good for all around use.
if you try to use this every every you will get tired.
they only made very few of theses models and now a days are very rare!!
if you find one buy it!
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