I recently purchased Mel Broiles CG Benge from Dillon Music. He played this trumpet the last ten years or so of his career, and this is a very fine instrument. The sound is full with plenty of brilliance, projection. Slotting is very smooth. Response, pitch excellent with just a couple of notes needing attention (E, Eflat at the top of the staff. Just a bit flat. F is right on, the rest of the scale is very good.). It definitly has it's own character, plenty of color to chose from with such a light weight instrument. Slides and valves a plenty tight. The main tuning slide was re-fit, no leaking at all. He modified the valves by opening up the bottom of each valve with a small punch, the shape of a small screw driver. This allows the air to not compress much as you depress the valves, slowing down the action. I think the original vents were too small causing the air to compress under the valve and between the cap. This trumpet will be played a lot, and well taken care of. I just hope it's not too disappointed by how I play!