This trumpet comes with everything. The discription doesn't do it justice. It is lovely to look at, light, and comes with very thing you will need. My daughter screamed with joy when she opened it Christmas morning.
This is the cheapest Mellophone to be found anywhere and it turns out to be decent: the valves work great and the slides OK (the 1st valve slide is hard to move which is similar to my cheap trumpet but workable). The tone to my ears is great with the right mouthpiece (see below): warm and full yet enough edge for melodies. Seems to sound better and more in tune in the high range. This is my 1st Mellophone so can't compare directly with others. Intonation is a challenge but I researched this a lot and it looks like this is a problem with all Mellophones and there are only minor improvements with instruments costing $$$$ or more. It is workable with practice: working on long tones and using a tuner or playing along with a midi sequence and matching pitch helps. A nice bonus that they don't mention is that it comes with 2 mouthpieces. One is basically a slightly larger trumpet mouthpiece and the other is a French Horn mouthpiece with an adapter. I like the F. Horn mouthpiece better because it's larger and seems to make to horn resonate better. It also seems to make it easier to intonate. The case is decent (hard shell) but you have to zip it all the way around to close it and it's a safe bet that the zipper will fail eventually. Still glad I got it!
The horn came in a nice case, once opened, I looked at it closely and found it to be acceptable. The valves are bare metal and unplated. They are very tight and not as quick as I would like. The mouthpiece is not correctly formed, I will use my Bach 7c instead. This is the same instrument that is for sale on *** . Therein lies the rub. I spoke to an online rep. and was told that there is no price match. I merely wanted to know why it was priced *** more. There was no answer. Beware !!
This trombone is a step up from our daughters student starter instrument. It has rich sound with the bigger bell and .547 bore it has made a difference in her sound. Another plus its an American made product !! I would definitely buy a blessing again.
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