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Schilke B5
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Description:
Key of Bb
Medium-large bore
Medium-large bell
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Bore (inch): 0.460
Bell (inch): 5.000
Bell Mtl.: Copper
Website: http://www.schilkemusic.com
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Review Date: 8/12/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,900.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Solidly built, great intonation and response.
Cons: Brightness (a matter of opinion)

 
Great all-around horn. Aesthetically pleasing, simple and robust like all Schilke horns. Literally fits well into your hand ergonomically- no other horn I've played feels as natural when you hold it.

Nice compact sound that is versatile and responsive. Like most Schilkes, it has a distinctive shimmer on the sound, most likely because of the absence of the usual bracing.

The ML bore and ML bell with a tight flare give it a familiar blow, though their bore sizes are usually a bit larger than most ML horns. Step bore design has great intonation- this horn tunes the best of any horn I've played so far. I can make it dark or really bright, depending on my setup.

Schilke is an excellent company to work with. They overhauled/customized my B5 recently and took all the care in the world to do the best job possible. They are friendly and helpful.

This horn is a good all-rounder, nice clean and compact tone. If you want something a little broader, try a B1 with a larger bell flare.
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Review Date: 10/9/2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Superb balance. Uncompromising centering and intonation.
Cons: A bit stuffy with the lightweight bell.

 
I bought a B5L with both bells back in 2001 and was immediately in love. This instrument knows literally how to play itself. It will let you know what bad habits you've developed playing other more inferior brand instruments. As these now cost only a few hundred more than a Bach or Yamaha Xeno, they are becoming a better value every year and are unquestionably better made than either of those brands. My only complaint was that the high register was very stuffy with the Beryllium bell. Unfortunately that was also the factor that led me to sell mine in 2003. I now play a Schilke X3L and like it as well in the heavy bell configuration and much more with the heavy bell.
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Review Date: 8/8/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Clear, centered sound
Cons: tight feeling in the high register

 
Produces a nice, focused sound. Excellent manufacture quality.
Offers quite some resistance that was too much for me especially in the high register. Switched to B1.
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Review Date: 7/21/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: good sound, intonation, projects VERY well
Cons: resistance

 
This is a really well built horn and you can tell this when you play it. I noticed I could play REALLY loud with little effort, however it seemed a bit resistant. For me, some intervals were hard to get accurate and even octaves, but this might be because of other factors perhaps with me. Overall, it is a great horn.
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Review Date: 12/8/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Easy playing trumpet
Cons: Valve alignment

 
The B5 is a Schilke with a nice core in the sound. Well centered, bright sounding with medium resistance. If you come from a regular weighted trumpet this could be your choice. If youŽd like a broader sound the B1 or B7 could be worth a try.
I personally like the Schilkes using regular to bigger mouthpieces (currently Schilke 13 heavy). Using a shallow one could produce a sound that might be too bright for allaround.
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