Just talked to someone who plays on a Shires bass trombone. He loves it. He was at Dillons in jersey and tried out the Jupiter professional model. He almost traded in his Shires. He actually liked it better.
I've heard similar things about their professional model instruments. Half the price and they still sound and play great, and I know there was a development period for those horns.
These Jupiter horns are still quite new to the drum corps scene. So I will give them time to develop, and from reports here it sounds like they are working on it. Great to hear.
Still doesn't change my opinion on the sound though. And they have a long way to go yet with their high brass.
I'm happy to hear of good customer service... because I know with other brands, you don't get that.
I have heard reports like this from friends as well... The professional models are not bad at all, and I think (I would need some research for this to be 100% accurate) that some corps actually put their trumpets on the professional models.
Does anyone know about this for sure? I would think it would be a great idea to get those professional model trumpets combined with the quantum low brass/mellophones.
And it is reassuring to hear that their customer service is great. Nothing worse than a company that has negative or no interactions with its customers.