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Kanstul MAR 991 Bb Premier
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Mariachi Series (MAR 991 Bb Premier and MAR 990 Bb Standard)

These trumpets were created especially to express the authentic spirit of Mariachi. The sound is brilliant, yet wam. Valve action is lightning fast and secure. They blow astonishingly free and easy in all register, enhancing the performance of the artists at every level. They both have 1st slide triggers and 5 1/4" diameter bells.
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Bore (inch): 0.437
Bell (inch): 5.250
Website: http://www.kanstul.net
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Review Date: 2/22/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,250.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solid workmanship: Kanstul really cares about producing a quality product. Very easy blowing, in tune in all registers, beautiful sound and just a darn pretty horn.
Cons: The third valve tuning slide cannot be removed without bumping up to the bell so tightly that you actually have to depress the water key to get the slide out. You have to be REAL careful to avoid scratching the bell.. Why didn't they make the slide just

 
I love this horn. I've had it for several months now and there is no situation where it is out of place. It is NOT just a Mariachi instrument. Supposedly it got pegged with the Mariachi moniker because of the penchant for mariachi players to prefer Conn Constellations, and this horn is based on the Constellation design (although it is much better, in my opinion, speaking as one who played a Constellation for several years).

I like the first valve trigger, which I think is a lot easier to use than a thumb slide. I got used to using triggers by playing on Olds trumpets (Recording and Mendez -- the latter having triggers on both 1st and 3rd valve slides). If there is a bad thing about the Kansul Mariachi Premier, I haven't found it yet (except for the awkward 3rd valve slide).

This horn has a relatively small bore, but it still has a big sound -- probably related to the big bell. The sound is brighter than either of my Olds trumpets, but much less bright than my lightweight Strad (with a 43* bell). I like the sound -- its kind of a happy medium between the edgy-bright sound that I find annoying and the broad, dark sound that some people like (geeze, if you want to sound like a cornet, go get a cornet!).

The only reason I didn't give it 10 stars out of 10 is because, darn it, I STILL don't sound like Clark Terry.

By the way, the Mariachi Premier differs from the Mariachi Standard model in more than just appearance -- the wrapping of the tube differs also, so the horns sound and play a bit differently.

I bought the horn from PiCKMusic in York, Pennsylvania. Great service, great price, real nice folks. I will definitely go back there when I save up enough to get the flugel.
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Review Date: 6/8/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Craftsmanship,Sound!,Feedback from Bell ooh Baby:-)
Cons: I've tried to find one-NONE!

 
I have been on a trumpet safari now for about 4 years! I have tried over 40 Pro-trumpets like Schilke,Calicchio,Destino,Fbesson,Holton,Bach,Lawl er,NYTC Stage1 and some of the fore mentioned three and four different models.I've spent between $650 to $4,000 ugh!, for some of these Horns.
The Mariachi Premier 991 ended My search! It is a Great combination of warmth and Fat tone in the staff and slots with sizzle in the upper range.
I use the Mariachi now for ALL My commercial gigs including Big Band, Combo,
Church Praise n' Worship, I have even used it in Brass Quintet-but it is a little bright for that application(use a Bach 37G ML) for BQ.
The Mariachi name Kanstul labeled this one would make you think it is a real piercing bright horn, It Isn't!!!. Kanstul modeled this one after the Conn Constellation 38B, I have never played the Conn but if it plays like the Premier, I sure regret not trying one before now! The feedback from the
5 1/4" bell is lush and I can't get enough of it! The only bad part of this is
Ebay/paypal and Trumpet Herald, will not see much of Me in the Market place!
Cheers! Curt
>~iii~<
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Review Date: 8/16/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fat tone, versatility, high range and ease of play
Cons: Silly name

 
I did the review of the 990 dated 07/02/06 but unfortunately there has been over a year gap between the time I had the 990 and the 991 I now own so direct comparisons are difficult. I remember liking the 990 but this 991 is a different matter entirely-- I absolutely love this trumpet. The 991 has the wider wrap (I've heard its is based on a cornet valve block) and this is one great little horn. According the folks at Kanstul this is an exact copy of jazz great Snooky Young's own Conn Connstellation 38B. This is an outstanding trumpet. It slots great, has a big sound and is a perfect trumpet for a big band or other jazz/solo type thing. It is mouthpiece sensitive in the sense that this horn will really bark with a shallow lead type mouthpiece (so much so that it might shock you compared to "regular" trumpets) yet if you use a traditional C cup the sound mellows a LOT and can almost be cornet like. The difference in sound this horn can make depending on the mouthpiece you use is more pronounced than any other trumpet I've ever played. I regard this as good thing, you impressions may differ. The 437 bore is probably the factor that scares many away from this horn from the get-go but if nobody told you of this bore size before you just randomly picked this horn up to play you probably wouldn't realize it. Yes, it has some resistance but not different than many ML bore trumpets I've played. The big 5 1/4 bell puts out a big sound. Where the trumpet shines is the over all room filling fat sound and the ease and control of the high notes. I've played and owned many great trumpets including Marcinkiewicz, Eclipse, van Laar, Schilke, you name it-- many others. All fine horns to be sure but for whatever reasons (maybe the ones just mentioned) I've gone to this 991 as my everyday player. The "Maraichi" name was a blunder on Kanstul's part because this is far more than just a Mariachi horn (nothing against those chaps). This is a first class reproduction of a legendary model used my many trumpet greats which includes (at various times in their careers): Chet Baker, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones, Snooky of course and many others.
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Review Date: 8/24/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Smooth valves, like the way it looked, awsome sound, solid wormanship, QUALITY
Cons: a little tight, but I guess you can get used to it....

 
I played on one of these a while back ago at the Albuquerque Mariachi conferance. They're pretty nice horns. They have a nice warm sound, not just for Mariachi, but for other types of music as well. I guess the reason they called this a mariachi trumpet was becuase it takes after the old Constellation, and a few mariachieros I know use 'em, go figure. But still great horn. It does have a smaller bore, but I guess you can get used to that. I'm looking at either purchasing one of these or a Kanstul Chicago


Y que Viva El Mariachi!!!
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 14
Review Date: 3/22/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Tone at all volumes, massive bell
Cons: None

 
I've played many trumpets but this has to be my favorite. What an incredible instrument. Great sound at all levels, great valves, wonderful warm bell presence. The designers at Kanstul are among the best in the world. This is a very fine trumpet.
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