I had the opportunity to test drive a wild thing trumpet that a person was trying to sell. It was an interesting experience to say the least. What follows are just my impressions. I'm sure every wild thing owner will come down on me, but these are just my opinions, nothing more. When I first picked up the horn it felt like a toy compared to the heavy Ultra model that I play on. The response on the horn was nice, but nothing better than my horn. I was mainly curious about the reports that the Wild Thing slots well up to Double C. Well since I don't have the Dubba yet I just took it to a Bb below the dubba. It was fine, but again nothing spectacular that my own Calicchio doesn't already do. The sound of the horn was fairly bright through all registers, but with a little work could be darkened up. In conclusion I guess I just love my horn way to much to replace it with something like the Wild Thing. If anyone is interested in a horn be sure not to pass up your chance to try a Calicchio. They are, in my opinion, one of the best made horns out there. They are a great buy for the quality of a hand made horn.