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King Silver Flair
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Serial No. 553XXX. It also has a first valve trigger mechanism.
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Review Date: 10/9/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The pre-UMI Silver Flairs (which I'm reviewing here) blew away the competition.
Cons: The UMI Silver Flairs are a good intermediate quality instrument, but who wants an intermediate quality instrument?

 
My pre-UMI Silver Flair is the best all-around trumpet I've ever owned or played. I can play literally any genre on this horn and fit right in with whom I'm playing. It's dark and full. It's bright and open. It's jazz and symphony. Mine is one of the last pre-UMI trumpets made back in 1978. Imagine my heartbreak when I discovered that my leadpipe was eaten through from the inside. My repairman calls this "red rot" although the early Silver Flairs used yellow brass vs red brass for their leadpipe material. I'm not busting on the new Silver Flairs - they are a well-playing and dependable instrument - they're just not what they used to be. In fact, it's profile looks just like 90% of the mass-produced horns on the market. A newer Silver Flair in good condition is a value on the resale market, but it's really only an intermediate quality horn. Anyone who is stepping up from a good beginner horn will likely pass this by and go to a Yamaha, Bach Strad, or like instrument.
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Review Date: 8/1/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $475.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: everything
Cons: nothing

 
I have a pre-UMI King Silver Flair made about 1969. This is an incredible horn, which will do anything. It is in superior condition, and for its age, it is about as good as you can get.

Valves are excellent, finish is excellent, and I can find no evidence of any structural deterioration or decay. It has been very well cared for over the years.


I have an original case with the clear plastic handle which says "King" in it, and a metal label on the side of the case which says "H. N. White Company, Cleveland, Ohio." However this horn was made in Eastlake, after the H.N. White Company became King Musical Instruments back about 1966 or so.

This is the second such horn I have owned - my first was new in 1966. If you get a good one, you will never sell it.

If you can get a horn like this GET IT. Even if you don't need it, which I didn't - I bought it simply because I wanted it.

These are classic, high quality, professional horns in every sense of the word. They are a true collector's item, and a fantastic instrument in every sense.
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Review Date: 8/8/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: nice strong and shallow sound
Cons: the trumpet falls apart more easally

 
This trumpet is exelent for the advanted players.
Although.. if you squees the trumpet some more you'll have a bruize...
This trumpet isn't really strong.
once when I had the trumpet for 3 months my pink hook on the lead pipe broke and a month later my hook on the 3th valve broke.
His playabillity is very good though...very good in hights and very good in low register..
A good positive aspect is that it comes with a 3c mouthpiece most of the time
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Review Date: 10/23/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: all round, any genre
Cons: none

 
Mine dates from 1972 and I wonder what it's worth nowadays, not that I'd consider selling!
I play every genre on it, with a 3c mouthpiece (V Bach).
the only critic: the silver cover is gone around the places you grab the trumpet.
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Review Date: 11/9/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $695.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great Horn, excellent playability
Cons:

 
I have a 1964 Sivler Flair, the first production year, before the move to Eastlake, Ohio. I got it from the original owner. It was well taken care of and it plays beautifully. It also came with the original hard case. I truly enjoy playing it.
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Review Date: 11/13/2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 1 

 
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i have a umi silver flair and its so bad
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Review Date: 3/18/2009 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Decent horn for what it is
Cons: weak and not very durable

 
I traded a cheap horn to a friend of mine for this in HS as he bought this horn and decided to go for the Bach Strad instead, a great decision on his part. The post-UMI Silver Flair is a playable horn but it's not a free blowing horn and will fight back in the upper register. My biggest problem is it's lack of durability. While not owning the horn longer than a year, the lead pipe came apart and had to be re-sottered. now, pulling the horn out of its case for the first time in years just this week, I realized that some of the brackets have come undone. It's made very cheap. If you're going to spend this much on a horn, I'd recommend getting an old Martin Committee or spend more and get a Bach Strad or a Wild Thing.
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