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Jean Baptiste TP-680 Trumpet
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Made for Jean Baptiste in Europe, this horn will bring you many years of playing enjoyment. With specially trained craftsmen giving their personal attention to the valves and valve casings, and the use of a special non-corrosive nickel-silver alloy, we ensure you a smooth piston action, easy maintance and long durability. Other features are inner slides made of brass, nickel silver outer slides (slide receivers), and Nickel silver lathe turned mouthpiece receiver. Of course it comes with the standard professional features such as a, 3rd valve slide adjustable tuning finger ring with stop mechanism,1st slide thumb hook, 2 water keys, braces, tuning slide brace a hard molded case and a silver plated mouthpiece. Our best Jean Baptiste model yet.
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Review Date: 8/22/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $349.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Reputable Manufacturer, Solid Sound, Good valves.
Cons: Color finishes - beware

Every once in a while, Sam Ash purchasing makes a great decision, and this was one of Clyde's best.
Rather than negotiating with another Chinese vendor, they went straight to Amati, and the result is the 680, a wonderful student horn with a bright yet controlled sound, good intonation, and relatively low-maintenance valves. It performs as well as its direct competition from Bach and Yamaha, with a price that is around $200 less.
Colored finishes are available direct from Ash, although due to the inevitable frailty of the laquer, I would only reccomend them to a serious player that absolutely WANTS a colored horn (this one is decent enough to be played on stage for a few numbers) since students are much more prone to scratching the finish.
A solid buy and fun to play.
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Review Date: 9/24/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $240.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: nice ballance
Cons: slow valves

Good student horn
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Review Date: 10/23/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: good tone and sound
Cons: valves tend to stick, also the upper range is very out of tune and hard to play

Please note that this makes a great beginner horn. Meaning if you've never played trumpet before and want to learn its a great horn and worth the price. However, if you decide to develop your playing skills you will have to eventually get a better trumpet.

Its actually a nice looking horn. When I first got it it was very shiny. The valves tend to be kind of slow so you will need alot of valve oil and slide grease.

I was playing an old crappy bach school trumpet and this horn was waay better than that old bach, so it is a good trumpet if you are an amateur player. But-like I said-if you decide to continue playing you will need a better horn.
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Review Date: 4/21/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $365.00 | Rating: 8 

Cons: The only thing I'm not fond of are the slow valves.They require frequent oiling.

This horn responds easily. With the right mouthpiece, the soud jumps out of the horn. I recommend using a Bach 3C mouthpiece. This horn has good intonation. Many of the notes are pitch centered. You won't need to lip a lot of notes up or down. It is a good horn for ensemble playing. It's warm tone easily blends in with other players.
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Review Date: 5/16/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $299.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: very good warm tone/ beautiful blue and gold finish good valve performance
Cons: not perfectly pictched

good practice horn
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