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King 603
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100% of reviewers $146.25 8.6


.462" (11.73 mm) bore, 4-7/8" (124 mm) seamless bell
Monel pistons, adjustable 1st slide with thumb saddle
Adjustable 3rd valve slide with stop
Nickel silver inner slides
Lyre holder, rose brass leadpipe, 7C mouthpiece
7503L woodshell case
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Bore (inch): 0.462
Bell (inch): 4.875
Bell Type: 1 Piece
Valves: Monel, 3
Website: http://www.unitedmusical.com
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Review Date: 4/1/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $130.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Solid core of sound, good slotting
Cons: Upper register a little tough to reach

These are very good horns for students. Solidly built with a big, dense core of sound. Easy to play up to about an 'A' above the staff and then the resistance tightens up. You can pick these horns up on E-Bay for under $150 and they will take a student up to the intermediate/advanced level.
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Review Date: 8/9/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $145.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good sound
Cons: Heavy(but that helps the sound)

I bought it beat up on E-bay for 65 dollars, and then spent 80 dollars making it functional again.

The horn that I'm reviewing is a King Tempo II 603 series. It gives a pretty good sound, and has above par intonation for a student model horn. I actually play this horn in the Natural State Brass Band, and although people are playing on much much better horns that I (smith-watkins, bach strads, olds ambassadors), I'm holding my own pretty well. Like I said, its a good student horn, and very functional.

I've also played on my conductor's horn(for 3 months), which was a King Tempo 603 series. It was a little lighter, and the intonation got pretty weird at times. The horn would play a second line g-a-b in perfect tune, and then the the c tuning note would be 20 cents sharp. I like the Tempo II series much more, with better intonation, and a first valve trigger, (opposed to the no trigger, no saddle or ring on the first valve with the Tempo I.

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Review Date: 6/24/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: great brass beginner instrument
Cons: doesn't have the range for an intermediate or up student. Expect to need to "move up" within 2-3 years practice/learning.

Solid, easy care horn. Great for a beginner to learn the proper care techniques in prep for a horn upgrade, without dinging-up an expensive horn. Helps beginners to learn if a trumpet is really "their" horn, without the high price at the get-go.
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Review Date: 12/3/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: really good for a beginner!
Cons: older 603's don't have a third valve slide that moves as well.

It's really good! I don't have much experience with trumpets/cornets, as I'm a newer player, but I like it! It works well with a Giardinelli 7B mouthpiece!
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Review Date: 2/25/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $160.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great sound, 1st and 3rd slide thumb hook and ring, good valve response
Cons: little awkward to hold, limited beyond High C.

The King Tempo II 603 is definitely a horn I would recommend for players in band classes, brass bands/combos, or church orchestras. Great sound as from it having a heavier weight. Good for student and intermediate players alike and good to tune to as the 1st slide thumb ring and 3rd slide ring allow for easy maneuverability. Begins to get tight in playing the upper register after the E above the staff and much more beyond F#. Still for non-professionals these notes are not all too often called for. Altogether a great horn and good sound and worth more than I paid on ebay. You could expect to pay around $150 on ebay and $300 in a music store from what I can tell in my research.
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