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Gerhard Baier Bb Cornet Challenger 3142
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100% of reviewers $1,200.00 10.0


- Monel pistons
- Boxed strings
- Saddle first slide
- Ring third slide
- 0.461" bore, 4.921" bell
- Options:
Clear Laquer, Silver, or Gold

Appears to be a B&S model under a different name.
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Bore (inch): 0.461
Bell (inch): 4.921
Valves: Monel, 3
Website: http://www.gerhardbaier.com
Keywords: Bb Cornet Challenger 3142
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Review Date: 10/20/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: great tone, intonation, fast valves, easy to play
Cons: receiver designed specifically for American long shank mouthpieces

This is a great cornet - similar quality to a Kanstul custom class model, but based on a French Besson Brevette with a Bb to A rotor valve. The only thing I've changed are the valve springs for Getzen eterna type and the top bumper from HARD plastic to Yamaha custom trumpet felts. Before the valve tweaks, they go BONG so hard the whole horn vibrates! Maybe B&S did that on purpose to make it seem worse than the more expensive models (with triggers). The 3142/2 Brochon has thicker gauge brass and the 3141/2 is based on a Sovereign and nowhere near as good as this model. You'll note it's been designed to play with long shanks and comes with a 3B megatone style mpc. As I like the Bach 5C and Sparx 4 series that's no hardship. (With both, tuning is almost perfect.) I also use Hetmann Classic valve oil in it - the valves come ready to play, no running in required. Great fun, easy centering, good intonation and overall great value for money. Why is it hard to find one outside Germany?
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