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Bach AC190 Stradivarius Artisan Series C TrumpetThe AC190 Artisan features a .462-inch bore plus a 4-13/16-inch one-piece hand-hammered bell with a flat rim and special acoustic treatment for a pure, responsive tone. The AC190 also features two sets of valve guides--one set of brass and one set of plastic for custom performance. Mouthpiece NOT included.
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This is really a phenomenal C trumpet.
I tried out several C trumpets and gave an long look at the Philly and Chicago models- the Philly sounded a little bland to me but I almost got the Chicago. However, the Artisan's sound profile was more versatile to my ear, with stronger middle and low overtones, as opposed to the more brilliant highs of the Chicago. The Artisan also was able to be louder without losing the core of the sound, which I felt was a slight problem on the Chicago.
The Artisan has a very resonant, powerful, and adaptable sound. Articulations sound very defined up front, and make for very secure entrances. It is clear at low dynamics and brilliant and strong at high volume. Intonation is overall good, but fourth space Eb should certainly still be fingered with 2 & 3. The low register really barks and retains the tone quality of the midrange down much further than one expects. It is not extremely open, but if you don't try to force huge amounts of air through it, the resistance feels just right, giving a sense of security. It projects insanely, and sounds even better out front than it does to you behind the bell. The split ring also makes it very comfortable to hold, and the brass valve guides included with it give great tactile response for the valve action.
I also looked extensively at the Yamaha Chicago C. It has a slightly different (not necessarily better) sound to my ear, and is a little more open and easy to play, along with improved intonation. However, these differences are subtle, and certainly not worth the added $1000 to me. It really gets down to the Artisan feeling like a C, where the Yamaha feels much closer to a Bb. Different people look for different feels in a C, so I suspect most people will be drawn to one over the other.