on the same page with Gary for this.Sound. For me, if the sound isn't there nothing else matters that much.
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I'm in agreement with you on this one...I can best explain my preferences and horn assessment criteria, but by no means are they right for everyone.
I know within the first 3 notes I play on a horn if it is a winner or not. A great horn just sounds good to you ear and has that buzz and vibrates. When I find a winner, then I really put it through its paces. Subtone notes moving air, but playing as softly as possible to low Bb tells me about play condition and voicing of the horn. Then, I check flexability of tone and see if the horn can talk, I.E whether the horn has that lyrical quality. Tuning on most pro horns made in the last 50 years isn't really the issue unless you find a dog. Since there are so many schools of thought about the so called perfect horn, let's say I migrate more toward the Selmer sound rather than the large bore sound. You might play a 10m that really does it for you, and you wouldn't be wrong for choosing one. My point? Play whatever horn you can get your hands on, new or vintage, and if it sounds good and feels comfortable, don't worry about the name on the bell. Play the horn in person unless you deal with a straight shooter like Randy Jones.