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Stomvi Mahler Bb
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Review Date: 12/19/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Relatively Open Blow, Nice tone, responsive, Good all around horn
Cons: None so far...

I recently purchased a gently used Large Bore Stomvi Mahler in Silver Plate, and so far, I'm very happy with the horn.

Over the past several years I have owned and/or played many different Stomvi trumpets...Classica, Elite (Large Bore), Mambo (XL Bore), Master and now the Mahler. (I need to state up front that I like the build and finish of all the Stomvi horns I've seen or played.)

While I liked aspects of each one of the horns, up until the Mahler, none of them embodied what I was looking for in an all-around trumpet...a relatively open blow that didn't get stuffy above (or below) the staff, relatively lightweight, a nice round tone in the staff, able to take on a nice edge above the staff when pushed, somewhat mouthpiece sensitive so it could be used in all different styles of music.

For me the Classica (the first Stomvi I owned) always played a little too bright, and felt a little stuffy above the staff. The Elite played with a little too much "edge" for some of the lighter music, and the model I had was not a lightweight. The Mambo is a little too open for me to control well (but it played very well overall), but it was quite lightweight. The Master, a gorgeous horn, did many things well, but it was a little on the heavy side and was just a little to classically oriented...I could never get the sound (or volume) I was looking for in a Big Band or Rock and Roll setting even with the leadpipe and bell options (remember...you're playing experience could be significantly different...try them out if you get a chance).

I was a little hesitant to try the Mahler because it is marketed more toward classical musicians, but I'm glad I did. The Mahler seems to bring all of the pieces together for me. It is a responsive horn overall, with good slotting, and intonation. It is a relatively open blowing horn that never feels stuffy above or below the staff, and it will take whatever I can give it without breaking up...a nice balance. It responds well to mouthpiece changes, so with my Marcinkiewicz 5 or 7, I can get the brighter, edgier sound I need for higher energy music. With my Stomvi 5C, or backing off a little on my Marcinkiewicz 5, I can get a very "Bach" like sound that blends well in an ensemble. For me, the Mahler is the most flexible of the Stomvi horns I have played. I will return to Brassreview.com after I've had a few months of playing this horn to provide longer term impressions of the the Stomvi Mahler Bb.

If you haven't played any of the horns in the Stomvi line of trumpets, you need to at least give them a try. They are well made horns with beautiful finishes. The US Distributor is Cambrass at www.cambrass.com. (I have contacted them directly several times over the years, and Jose Carlos Mecking is always very personable and helpful.)
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Review Date: 10/9/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Responsive, open blow
Cons: None

I got this horn after reading the reviews here on Brass Review. Is a very good horn. Responds very well from top to bottom. Even try different mouthpieces (Artemis 5C and Dynamic Mass by Bob Reeves 42.5)
Works very well with marching band and brass quintet. The construction is top notch just like other fine Stomvi trumpets.
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