Grateful though I am to have been included in the tour, the timeing was rather poor. I am working on an embrechure change and can hardly play at all. So my opinion on this horn has less value than usual. I will say that Right out of the case, I was impressed by the Wild Thing. It is a beautiful instrument. Heavier than my other horns but felt comfortable in my hands. Playing I found that it slotted effortlessly. It seems a little bright sounding for my taste. When it's time for me to order mine, I'll get brass, not silver plate. I played with the smaller slide as the other was just to open for my taste. I have been told that a different mouthpiece would make a difference but I don't want to make any more changes at this moment. The first other player I introduced to the Thing is a local guy who, though he does still have his day job, plays about 70-100 professional gigs a year. Most of these are loud dance band gigs playing over an electric band. He is a very hard blower "a blaster" in his own words. His comments"...it can take all the air I can give...", "...slots double C easily...", "...this is a world class professional horn...", and so on. No doubt he loved the horn. I will have more to report tomorrow when a true Legit guy spends some time with the Wild Thing.