Unfortunately, we see many people looking to buy horns that are influenced by the appearance. For example, many want a shiny, silver horn. That's fine, but many cheap companies are now silver-plating their horns to cover up flaws and to make it a more appealing product. I have nothing against silver horns, I play one, but as far as colored lacquer goes..... I just couldn't hold one of those. But the black and gold always looks pretty slick.