Vintage One, Bb, combines the best of the classic C. There was never any doubt that the V1 was the horn best suited to me. The Vintage One was everything that the others lacked and more... .459" (11.66mm) bore, one-piece hand-hammered yellow brass bell, 46 standard leadpipe, two tuning slides, monel pistons, patented Modular Valve Weight (MVW) system kit, 1-1/2C CKB mouthpiece, double case. I started looking for a new trumpet because I was experiencing endurance problems with the Courtois large bore that I'd been playing for 15 years or so... I checked out the Flip Oakes Wild Thing, Getzen Severinsen, Yamaha Xeno and the Conn Vintage One.The Conn has shoter pistons allowing faster valve movement. I was a regular Jazz soloist, but now I'm a lead player.It also has a better system for keeping the third vale slide. The adjustment I had to make from solo chair to lead was fairly smooth.and the short-throw of them makes the speed all the more enjoyable and easy.What I believe makes this horn quite the catch is that it's very versatile and the price is great for a pro horn.The horn is not a heavy horn, but with the MVW valve bottom-cap system, you can really change the resonance and weight-balance of the horn.
It's murders on their lungs if they are not very experienced. I have the 1BR-46 (translates to rose brass, 46 leadpipe with laquer finish).The Wild Thing played similarly to my Courtois (not very easy to play at all), though the tone was fantastic on the gold model... beautiful tone, very easy to play and improved my endurance beyond recognition - and this happened instantly.All trumpet players are seeking something different in a horn, but for me, the Vintage One is everything...I'm sure that this horn is not for everyone, but I do consider that there is nothing better out there for me. [This review relates to the 1BR model] Recently all my instruments were stolen so I had to get a new horn, after playing the same Strad for nearly 15 years.
At the end of a two day trial, I bought the Vintage One. long enough for the honeymoon to wear off, and I still love it every time I pick it up. I play mainly jazz/rock/funk/pop gigs and sessions, but occasionally have to sound like a legit player.You either sound amazing on this horn, or you sound weak and lame. I prefer the rounded tuning slide to the "D" shaped one.