One word truly describes this trumpet. Amazing. It can make even an inexperienced musician sound good on it. With a full and powerful tone, the Artisan series Stradivarius takes the horn to a whole other level. Crisp notes, quick response, and smooth transitions through registers should be on everyone's want list. Before you say no to the horn because of the price, think about how you would never want another after this. It is nearly a perfect C trumpet with almost no room for improvement. Bach really wanted to make an amazing horn, and that's what they did. This is a real, hands on product review by Sean at Sam Ash Indianapolis.