I have used the trumpet for a little over a year now, since 8th grade. I have preformed in an honors band of my district (not school district). People loved the look of the horn, and i produce a very clear, bright sound with it. My lesson teacher uses a high quality monette horn, and my parents can not tell us apart. Also, many kids in the band at my high school complement me on my tone quality, look of the trumpet, and say that it is very easy to play. As for the condition, i have taken very good care of it. Until i got it cleaned at my local music center (where i bought it), the was not a scratch on it. Yes i have knocked it into a couple chairs and music stands, and my dog even knocked it over, not a scratch. My horn uses a reverse lead pipe, the heavy valve bottoms, and the standard tuning slide. This helps keep the high register such as cs, and ds in tune and clear. my model is a 1604 xo with gold plated valves. i bought it for 1400, but that was with discounts such as purchases made at the music center, renting, and taking lessons. Retail was 2400. I would definitely recommend this instrument to absolutely anybody.