Posted by Sean Chisham on January 08, 1999 at 21:28:03:
In Reply to: Mel Culbertson 6/4 CC posted by Matt G on January 08, 1999 at 17:02:09:
I had a chance to try out the PT-7P and the VMI counterpart at ITEC 98. The PT-7P was far better then the piston valve VMI counterpart. The VMI I played on was a slightly below average instrument. The sound quality was inconsistent as was the playability. The PT-7P was fantastic, especially considering the cost of it's competition, namely the Nirschl 6/4 and the Yorkbrunner. I still think the Yorkbrunner has them all beat. If only the cost could somehow be more reasonable.
The Culbertson rotary version was a different story though. The horn had a wonderful ring in it's sound. It also appeared to be a much more consistent playing horn than the VMI piston version.
These were observations made in a poor environment though. I was at a conference competing with the sounds of many other horns being tested, and I only tried one example of each horn. Your mileage may vary.