I got the horn late yesterday and, unfortunately, it couldn't have come at a worse time. My wife is in Korea for a month working on family matters and I'm home playing Mr. Mom to my two little ones. I should still be able to get some good time in on the horn though. First, a couple of sentences about me so you'll know where this review is coming from. I'm not currently a professional though I have been in the past (made all my income from playing). My major in college was music education. I've played with some big name groups and individuals back in the late '80s, mainly because of my friendship with Larry Skinner. Currently I'm satisfied playing at church and doing some recording at home. When I first looked at the horn I realized what a thing of beauty it was. The finish is superb and if it's weren't for the ding on the bell, it would be in mint condition. I also noticed a very small ding on the bell right where the tuning slide would hit it if it were pulled out. It's almost undetectable and is more of a scratch than a ding. The valves were very sticky so I put some of the included valve oil on them and they freed up quite a bit. The first valve seems to stick about half way down. I'm sure it's just because of the varied use this horn has gotten. No two players press the valves the same way so it's not had a chance to get broken in properly. I can tell the valves work great as #s 2 and 3 work flawlessly. I waited till today to actually play the horn as I wanted to give it more than the 20 minutes or so I had yesterday and I'm glad I waited. The horn came with the #2 slide in it (#1 was in a pocket in the case). As I played the horn I noticed a very mellow, almost dark tone. It was a great tone for a jazz player or an orchestral player. I use a Schilke 13a4a and I had to work to get a bright tone on it. Usually I have to work to keep it from getting too bright. I realized too late that the #1 slide was the bigger, more open slide. I'll get a chance to use that one tomorrow at church. On playing it, I noticed the same thing many others had noticed, I wasn't fighting the horn any longer. I thought my Bach 72* was an open horn but this WT just put it to shame. I was able to go from a high G (octave above) to a G below the staff without ever losing anything on the horn. The low G was as clear (though my tongueing technique wasn't ) as the G above the staff. On my Bach I have to drop my jaw quite a bit and really think "hot air" (thanks Pops!) to make the low G sound. I didn't have to do that at all with the WT. With the #2 slide in I noticed a few intonation problems at the beginning but it was probably because of my smaller mouthpiece coupled with the smaller #2 slide. I'm hoping it gets better tomorrow with the #1 slide in. I took the horn for a real ride and was quite pleased with the results. I played various things from jamming with a recording to excercises in the Arbans. I couldn't find anything that the WT hindered me on and in fact, did better on the Arban's than I ever did with my Bach. I suppose this is enough for now. I'll post some more tomorrow after church to let everyone know how things went with the #1 slide. Lastly, thanks Flip and Tom for making this possible.