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Kanstul 1500TW
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Review Date: 8/27/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,665.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Beautiful sound and near--perfect response
Cons: Soldering was a little faulty

When I picked up this horn, the first thing I noticed was how simply gourgous it was. It was a polished-laquer finish, but the laquer looked more like gold, and the bell was copper. Very nice looking horn.

The response on this horn was excellent, kinda like a Schilke. That's due to the lightweight copper bell. This model is basically the same as the 1500, but the bell is lighter and the body is all-brass. Must be a good forumula because this is one of the nicest playing horns I've played in any regiester.

By the way, the upper register for this horn was very solid. Slotting was perfect all the way up to A above High C (probobly even higher).

The valves had metal guide and they were a bit noisy for my tastes. Some people don't mind that, so I wont deduct any points for that, plus I think they nylon guides are avaliable. But the valves are exactly what you'd expect from a Kanstul horn.

I'm deciding a purchase between this horn and a Conn V1. The Conn is a very hard value to pass-up with all the extra goodies that comes with it (Case, mpc, extra tuning slide, weighted valve system, etc) and at a lower cost then the Kanstul. The trade off for this is, I thought the Kanstul played nicer then the V1, but I tried them out in 2 entirely different playing environments, so it's a little hard to tell.

In any case, if the Conn V1 didn't exist I wouldn't be debating, I'd own the 1500TW by now without question.

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