Drac, I tried to respond to your post a couple of days ago about my WB, but it mysteriously disappeared as I was trying to submit a response. But, I recieved it yesterday! It is scratch gold-plate, and the fit and finish is gorgeous! I almost want to put it in a glass case and just look at it for awhile! Got a concert this weekend and a big band gig so I'll get to play it in two different settings and give it a real workout. The initial play test was done with my lead piece (13A4) and I gotta tell you, my upper register slotting got noticeably better from my 75 LA Benge. On my Benge, once I got to 4 ledger line G, the slots above that felt huge, not so on the 1600. It got nice and bright in the upper register, but even with my lead piece the lower register was a bit more full and with a little more core to the sound than my old Benge. The only thing I didn't like and I've already changed (thanks to PC King including them) is from the metal valve guides to the nylon guides. I like the quieter action. Oh, and as far as the valves go, I cleaned them up, used a liberal amount of the Zaja oil PiCK sent with the horn and they are working fine. Very fast already and am looking forward to when they are really broken in. And, compared to the long valve stroke on my Benge, it's nice to have a little shorter valve stroke. I know I'm in the honeymoon period, and it's all good So after I've played it for a month or so, I'll give a more thorough play review. I'm in a big band, church orchestra, church praise band, and a community band, so I'll get to really put it through the paces pretty quickly.