It's very subjective! All of these horns are in top playing condition and seem to be some of the better examples of each model that I've tried. I wouldn't say that one is better than the other, but that they are all different and have their own unique character! They are all different enough from one another that you could probably blindfold me and have someone else play them and I could pick which one was which. That's what makes the idea of selling any of them so difficult, none of them are redundant voices in the bunch.Very nice! I bet that BA is the best sounding of the bunch.
Believe it or not, the SIII could kick the s**t out of all the other horns put together in a power competition. The BA probably has the next best amount of edge to the sound, but that silver series III is like a focused and sophisticated sonic weapon of mass destruction.....it could destroy a lead trumpet player if you did it right. I put it up against a very good King Super 20 and it blew it away too. The 5 digit VI is the best all around player, most colorful sound, easiest to play and has enough power to get you through anything. The 223K is equally as powerful as the BA but has a more contemporary sound and is like a wild animal. The SBA is the most lyrical, but won't win any tug-of-war matches. Like I said, they are all good but all very different!I was thinking the same thing. Also thought that the 5-digit IV looks slight and delicate in comparison with the others.