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Kris Pineda said:   September 27, 2016 7:11 am PST
I have now bought two instruments from Tom here at Mack Brass -- the compensating euphonium and the TU210L Bb tuba. Both are exceptional instruments, especially given the cost. I could not have afforded these instruments new if I hadn't come across this website. Though I am a professional pianist by trade (I hold a DMA in performance and am a professor at the nearby state college), I am also quite proficient in brass playing, and these instruments do not disappoint. They have great intonation across the entire range (better than some much more expensive instruments I have played) and are very well-built. During the summer, I play euphonium / trombone in a few of the brass and concert bands in my area, and these instruments are truly excellent. Moreover, Tom is exceptional (!) to work with - extremely friendly, helpful, and professional - a true class act. I know I sound like I'm 'gushing,' but it's difficult to find people who run a business the way he does. Please keep up the great work. You have a loyal customer with me. :-)

Howard Orell said:   May 18, 2016 12:04 pm PST
Quite informative helpful too!😂

Josh Palmer said:   May 2, 2016 10:54 am PST
In 2013, I purchased a Mack MACK-EU1150S Euphonium and was very pleased with the purchase. Recently, I decided to take up the trumpet as an additional instrument. The MACK-TPT410L Bb Trumpet seemed to fit the bill perfectly: A high quality instrument at a fraction of the cost of the professional model. Tom even gave me a discount for being a previous customer. The horn arrived in a nice case, along with a 7C mouthpiece. My trumpet friends suggested that I try a Bach 1.5C mouthpiece as a transitioning trombone player, so I picked one of those up, as well as a valve guard. After playing it for a few days, I am very happy with my choice. Even though I am a low brass player, the trumpet is producing some nice sounds. It takes very little effort to play in tune across the range, and it doesn't distort at high volumes. The valves work beautifully, too. Thank you, Tom, for offering affordable, quality products for those of us who wish to explore new instruments without breaking the bank! I'm sure I'll be back for more!

Mark Cashin said:   April 13, 2016 3:51 pm PST
As a high school band director, I'm always looking for what's best for my kids and that is not an unreasonable amount of money for good quality sound. We purchased the MACK Brass Euphonium, and for the price, it's the best on the market. Large Bore, 3&1, dark/rich tone. I'm planning to purchase more for my kids!!

Zach Bloom said:   April 5, 2016 2:03 pm PST
I just received a pair of 210Ls, a euphonium, and a new model 3/4 4 valve Bb tuba for my middle school and high school programs. These instruments are absolutely wonderful! I took everything for a "test drive" and everything was easy blowing, and they were fun horns to play. Tom was also great to deal with via phone and email. 10/10, and we'll probably be back for more!

David Bowman said:   March 30, 2016 6:09 pm PST
I just got my MACK-TB831 Bass Trombone and LEMME TELL YOU! This horn is fantastic! Independant Rotor Bb/F/Gb/D configuration! It plays beautifully! It blends amazingly with the others in my section. I did have a tiny bit of trouble with the slide gripping WHICH was fixed once I cleaned out and off the slide and lubed it up nicely! and I had to readjust the 2nd valve finger rest to fit my hand but other than that I have absolutely NO complaints! Both triggers are smooth and quiet and play beautifully with the 1st, 2nd, or both valves engaged! Nice, rich deep tone in the low register. Beautiful Pedal notes and a melodic high register! This is definitely a STEAL! Such a magnificent horn. Thank you folks at Mack Brass for helping me and providing all the assistance necessary to help me get this horn. Fantastic customer service and very friendly! 5 stars from me!

Cody Blake said:   March 28, 2016 6:19 pm PST
I've been playing my 410gb for a few weeks now and wanted to give it an honest it's due process before commenting about it. Well, wouldn't you know it - I feel the same way today as I did the day I got it. WOW! The upper register sings and the low register is solid and easy. As long as the pitch desired is clearly in your head, this horn will produce it easily. Knowing the replacement parts are there and can be repaired easily almost anywhere is a great relief. Also, Tom is a great guy who is honest and no-nonsense. I'd buy the same horn from the same guy anytime.

Kevin Recarte said:   March 28, 2016 3:38 pm PST
Very very great people love the product just amazing and priceless 😎

Ben Underwood said:   March 24, 2016 7:03 am PST
I spoke with Tom last Thursday about getting back into playing after about 13 years' break. With my experience on CC tubas, he suggested a 410CC. Thanks to an unexpected sequence of events, a close friend of his had a brand new one with rose gold bell still in the packaging available near my house. Tom put us in touch with each other, and I was able to test the horn the next day. I only played it (badly) for a few minutes there in the store, but I asked Tom's friend to play it a bit to give me a better idea of its capabilities. I quickly fell in love with the horn - I called and purchased on the spot. With a few days' playing time, I have a better feel for its range and sound. I switched from my old PT-44 to a new Helleberg 120S; that improved my range and tone significantly. The low range is tight and incredibly easy to access. The upper registers absolutely sing with beautiful resonance and focus. I used a digital tuner to tune open notes and each valve, and discovered this horn has extremely accurate intonation. The value is stunning: you get a great horn with excellent response, intonation, and tone for less than 1/4 the cost of the original. There are minor blemishes and imperfections in the lacquer, but they don't materially impact the horn. I have kept the included cotton gloves on while playing to protect the finish as much as possible, but the cosmetic appearance is less critical to me than the feel and sound. The included mouthpiece is about the same as a Bach 24AW - not the best for most players. As with all horns, it's a good idea to learn good maintenance; I oil the rotary valves and pivot points after each session - this keeps the paddles fast and responsive. I also wipe down the lacquer after every session to try to minimize oil from my arms. Overall, I am completely satisfied with my purchase and my experience with Mack Brass. I would not hesitate to recommend Tom to others, and I would purchase from him again in a heartbeat.

Andy Cortez said:   March 18, 2016 6:50 am PST
I was very pleased with the MACK-TPT410S trumpets that I tried out. They are very well made, consistent, with great intonation and smooth valves. They slot well, with a feel and sound reminiscent of a standard weight Bach 37. This is great trumpet at a great price that I will be recommending to my students.

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