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Schilke B6
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Bore (inch): 0.450
Bell Mtl.: Copper
Website: http://www.schilkemusic.com
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Review Date: 2/15/2004 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $2,000.00 | Rating: 0 

Pros: valves, tunable bell option
Cons: Price, dealing with the people at Schilke, stuffy, no projection.

My experiences with this horn, and with Schilke in general have not been very good. Long before the company changed owners, I have met with frustration when trying to order instruments. I was very excited about the tunable bell option. The idea of purchasing several different bells, made of different materials and finishes was very appealing. However, when I called to order an additional bell, the manager informed me that they were not taking orders for just bells at this time, and could not give me an estimated date when they would be taking orders for just bells. You are limited to a choice of only two finishes, silver or gold. Even raw brass was not an option.
I feel that the B5 and the B6 are overpriced. The Yamaha Z is a very similar horn for much less money, and I think it projects better than the Schilke.
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Review Date: 6/12/2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: beautiful tonal qualities, durable, high playability
Cons: tuning with some mouthpieces

After testing several other models, including the Bach Stradivarius, I settled on this horn, and I am certainly glad I did! It has a smooth, rich tone, which can be further improved when paired with a Warburton or GR mouthpiece. It has withstood many blows that would dent a lesser trumpet, but always comes out unscathed. I would most definently reccomend this over any horn within $5,000 of its price range.
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Review Date: 4/30/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: balanced resistance throughout all registers, great slotting
Cons: horn is so tight: as valve buttons wear it changes tone color

I started with a B1 in the 60's then a B3, then and X3 in the 70's. Now have #7160 B6 and it plays the best of all. You have to make sure and put the caps and valve buttons on as they are numbered. The original valve buttons play darker than the newer replacements.
Love Schilke - have played them all.
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Review Date: 2/4/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $20.00 | Rating: 0 

Pros: sound, intonation, valves, general quality
Cons: none

I have a beryllium tunable bell B6 Schilke. The horn is great; I love the intonation, sound and versatility. It is interesting that a prior reviewer mentioned mouthpieces. I had been playing a Bach 3C when I bought the horn but after a few weeks I switched to a Schilke 16C4 because the sound was not bright enough and didn't project. Terry Warburton heard me play at a conference and suggested that I try his mouthpieces. After fifteen minutes of experimentation I tried a 4M 10*. Terri doesn't remember anyone who played that configuration. It solved all of my problems (I still play lousy, but with great tone, intonation and carry). I'm not a mouthpiece freak, but the combination of that mouthpiece and trumpet, and my physiology clicked.
I wish I had that mouthpiece 25 years ao.
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Review Date: 8/10/2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: great response, good intonation,light weight
Cons: none

This is a very good horn an i would recommend the horn to any good musician. I have played this horn for 5 years out of my total 8 years of playing, i like it alot. It's one of the most versatile horns I've ever played an i've played alot.(Yamaha Xeno YTR-8335S, KING SILVER FLAIR 2055T, SONARE TR-800, BACH STRADIVARIOUS 180S-37) I have grown to like this horn alot versus the others that I've listed. If you want a good horn for the money i recommend you buy this one, and if you ever want to hear this horn sing in all registers i recommend you listen to Bill Chase's albums cause he played this horn to its full potential!!
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