Initial Reaction: Pretty Good By: Pesky Truth
This is my initial impression of the CarolBrass Pocket Trumpet--it arrived in the mail today. I will try to remember to give an update after I've had the horn for a few months.As other reviewers have stated, the valves do come not having been oiled. I don't really see why this is something to complain about, however; simply add valve oil and everything seems to be working fine. I saw that another reviewer thought that the tone was airy or weak but my experience thus far has been the opposite--the horn is very bright with a remarkable amount of power that is quite even throughout the range of the instrument with the exception of the lowest fourth of the instrument below "C" which sounds fine but is a bit softer than the rest of the range. This instrument easily overpowers my Yamaha or Jupiter (that comment isn't meant as a positive or a negative, as I like both of those instrument, but rather just a simple fact. I'm going to enjoy seeing the look on the other guys' faces when I pull this out in practice and begin screaming). Additionally, the construction appears to be solid; everything arrived in working order and the finish is lovely.The best feature of this trumpet, by far, is its intonation. The "D's" line up really well. In fact, I do not think that I have ever played a trumpet, of any brand, that has been so in tune with itself. I don't know if the manufacturer just got lucky or if all CarolBrass horns are this precise. But, wow, is it impressive. I will definitely check out other CarolBrass horns to find out.I'm very satisfied with my purchase. I hope that in several months, I am still pleased.*FOLLOW-UP* ****************************************************I've now had this instrument for a week or two and my initial review stands. The valves, which came needing oil, have worked to 100% satisfaction, having been oiled only a single time. They're clean, fast, and precise. I would rate the valves as being very solid. When compared to my Yamaha and my Jupiter I would rank valve quailty from best to worst as: Yamaha, CarolBrass Pocket Trumpet, Jupiter (My Jupiter needs to be oiled almost daily and the quality of the metal in values is obviously subpar).Concerning the mouthpiece, this horn comes with a CarolBrass 3C. For those of you who do not know, that is a pretty large mouthpiece and if you like something smaller then you better buy/use something else.And, as before, this horn still sounds wonderful, bright, and crisp with OUTSTANDING intonation.