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I have owned a shadow Bari for about a month, and couldn't be happier with it. I chose it after comparing it to a YBS32, a Yani 1, and a serie iii. All four horns were played with the same mouthpiece, and the play tests were recorded on a Zoom H2N. The Japanese horns weren't quite in the same price class, so those comparisons might have been a bit biased. All four horns have good ergonomics, and the tuner (left that test out of the Yamaha comparison, for logistical reasons) said they all had good intonation. The 901 was a bit flat in the palm keys, but tha would have been manageable with practice. Both the shadow and the Selmer were spot on all the way up to f#.

The Yamaha is a school horn, and was fine. All three of the others were played side by side on the same day with the same reed and in the same room. Playing the Serie iii was a treat, and that horn almost came home with me. In the end, the recording made it easy to decide; the shadow sounded most like what I want.

Now, it just keeps getting better! Regular practice keeps the tone developing and makes the good ergonomics even more familiar. Leaving home for longer than a regular work day now has an extra source of frustration - I want to get back to playing my shadow Bari!
 
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