I have been shopping for a horn for my daughter who has started playing recently. I was looking for a Yamaha YAS23 for her since that is the standard for student horns , and lets be honest it would be a good safe choice. With the school year getting ready to start prices on horns have seemed to jump up a little, but I was looking at spending about $500-$700 for a used horn. I really didn't want to go the e-bay route as most of the YAS 23 I see on there say might need a pad or two. I want something that I can test locally and be sure is a solid playing horn. With that said I had been comparing YAS23 in various stores and I came across a cannonball excalibur for $599. I tried it and I was rather impressed. The yamaha has the keys set up closer so its better for smaller hands I think but besides that they both seem to be solid choices for a student. Can anyone care to comment on this model of Cannonball or compare it to the Yamaha?