Today I had the opportunity to try out 3 Kanstul trumpets -which I believe were new. One was the 1500, another was the 1500a, and the last was the Mariachi.
I thought the 1500a was horrible. I had a dead sound, no thickness, and no "feel" in the horn for the sound. I was told the horns were designed for projection, with no reverb in the hands. Maybe so. It wasn't for me and I thought I sounded horrible.
The 1500 produced a good, thick, solid sound. A little dark for my taste (my sound is typically bright).
The Mariachi was literally the best horn I had ever played. If felt substantial in my hands and produced a thick, full, bright sound, and was easy to play.
Now, can someone share a little about Kanstul trumpets? (I've always been an Olds player and do know Ziggy left Olds and started his own Kanstul shop). Is there any problem with certain years to avoid, or are some better than others? Also, can someone share the different models of Kanstul -and any history of this if important? If I ever get one, it will likely be used.
Olds Super 62, 53, 46
Olds Recording 52
Bach Strad 66, 70