Hi, don't get discouraged by some of these comments. Likely a Chinese made horn from some manufacturer there and sold under the Marquez name. I like the ist valve adjustable ring feature. As long as the valves work well, it is tuneable and gets a decent tone, that's all you need to get started and find out if you want to stick with the trumpet, which we hope you do. I bought my Taiwanese Barrington "student" on clearance for less than you paid and am very happy with the quality and playability and have been playing since 1955 on a variety of quality instruments. Hang in there, get acquainted with the horn and make your own judgements as time goes on. Advice is also sound on the value of used King, Holton, Conn , Getzen, etc student models if in good condition.