My new Stomvi USA model is easily the best horn Ive ever played. The sound with the big bell is huge, and everything I play, from ballads to up-tempos, is easy and clear. I heartily recommend this horn to all kinds of players.

Jim Rotondi, NYC Jazz Recording Artist, New York

I got the new mouthpiece......Wow!!!!!!
It is a flame thrower of mouthpiece ;-))

I have been alternating between the 7 CVR and the S14A VR Vs during my practice sessions by playing same exercise/piece once with each.

The transition between the two mouthpieces has been no problem, in fact, the S14A VR is improving my sound and range/endurance on the 7C!

Thanks again!

Sam Piazza, New York

I brought my Chicago C trumpet to the guys at Stomvi to look at, since it was a trumpet that I hated. I was ready to sell it and purchase a new one. After having a chat with a few of the guys, they aligned my valves, and now I am happy to say that it is my most favorite trumpet in my bag. The alignment fixed all the errors in the horn that had been haunting me. Now I can relax and make great music!

Sean Gehricke, USA

After several weeks of pondering and second guessing on my part, and absolutely no second guessing on K.O.'s part, I finally purchased a mouthpiece. I began using my new S14 immediately and I haven't looked back. I don't even think about trying to do things, or hit notes, or "this is gonna be REALLLLY hard," and now I can concentrate on musicality. At the end of a gig I still feel that way. The phrase "I don't think I've got enough chops left" hasn't crossed my mind since I started using this marvelous feat of engineering. The only way it could be better is if it were free.

Ben Foss, US Navy Band, Japan

I don't know instrument/mouthpiece design, but it seems that what you have done with the throat entry combined with the material of the mouthpieces itself make for something very special and different. I just cannot believe I experience such evenness and stability from a mouthpiece that outwardly looks so normal (until you look at the throat entry). Experiencing the degree of control and flexibility that I do on this mouthpiece is truly a new experience for me. When I say flexibility, I mean in the traditional trumpet sense, but also flexibility of approach. If I need to really heat up the sound, it feels comfortable. If I need to really lay back in the background, it feels comfortable. If I need to "woof it out," it feels comfortable. I won't deny, these mouthpieces have a way they like to be played (more efficient than I was used to) but once that was my middle ground, I have found more ability to vary my approach/sound/tone color as situations require.
My favorite thing about the D cup: the sound of a C cup with the ease of articulation and playability of a D cup. Additionally, the inherent resonance of the mouthpiece allows me to play really dark or really bright if I need to, which has been a hard to find characteristic.

Everybody that hears me on this mouthpiece (that really knew my playing before) raves.

Ben Kibbey, Freelance, Connecticut

The horn just gets better the more I play it, and I have actually increased my practical range a step and a half (this is after learning how to play the horn, I initially didn't find it really gave me much of a range boost). Couldn't be happier with it. I tell anyone who will listen about it.
Again, love the horn. It has changed my life. The compliments I get on a weekly basis from my band mates and audience alike are worth the investment alone!

Joe Vivian,

The mouthpieces I have been using for the past few years were custom made by K.O. and they are the best sounding pieces I have ever owned. As for the VRII - it is the best sounding, most in tune, easiest horn I have ever played!
On my gigs, other players are always telling me what great ears I must have to play that in tune - I tell them it's my horn!
I recently finished a new CD. This is the first one I used my VR2 on and the engineer even commented on the rich sound and fullness all over the range of the horn, in addition to the great intonation.
I have never played a trumpet that made my jobs easier than my VR2 does. K.O.'s knowledge of how the trumpet works is an amazing study that has lead to him and several colleagues building what I believe to be the best playing trumpet ever made - my VR2.

Jim Manley, USA

The first day I did an A-B-C comparison between my Bach Strad, the Shew 8310z and Raptor 2, I wasn't convinced that either was better than what I was currently playing (a Bach, playing exclusively commercial, rock, lead). I was able to take the Shew out of the running early due to personal preference. That's until I took the Raptor with me on a few gigs over the weekend. Friday night's gig had me and the sax player I gig with saying &ldquo well, I don't think it's better than your Bach, but keep playing it this weekend before you make up your mind.&ldquo It must have been those 2 days that really flipped the switch for me in how the Raptor needs to be played vs the Bach. Keywords are &ldquo free and easy.&ldquo I took a relaxed approach, and the thing lit up for me. This contrast became more evident as I played on the Raptor more. The Raptor allows me to play relaxed and just blow the horn, while I felt my Bach needed me to push more air and exercise my chops more to get the same results. The Raptor can be pushed and can take air, but it doesn't need it to sound brilliant. By Sunday, after my third gig with the Raptor, and some more comparison playing at the house just to make sure, it was time to convince the wife to get on board with freeing up some funds for the last trumpet purchase I'll ever need to make. I experimented at home with other mouthpieces, and this horn can be colored to fit any gig I need to play. I couldn't be happier with my new horn. I am going to be experimenting with the different slide and valve cap combinations just to see how versatile the horn is over the coming days.

KO and his team have done a fantastic job putting this horn together. I am not a professional by any means, but I do play a lot, and I am grateful that this horn exists and that I am proud owner.

Thanks to KO, and also to Mike Thompson and Jim Manley for answering any question I had about the horn during the decision process.

Joe Vivian,
www.hillbillyhorns.com, www.theaccentsband.com, www.facebook.com/TommyVandtheWorks

I play in the brass quintet for the 4th Infantry division band at Ft. Carson
Colorado. I played one of the new flex mouthpieces for the first time at the
Rocky Mountain Trumpet Festival and was instantly impressed with the change
in response and the change in my tone. The other trumpet player in the
quintet and I both bought new mouthpieces that day. When we returned to
quintet practice that next Monday the other members of the quintet we
surprised at the difference the new mouthpieces made in our tone. They
thought the sound was richer and more focused and my partner and I both
found it easier to match timbre and pitch with the other players in the
quintet. We have used them ever since and are very very pleased with the
ease of playing and improved sound quality of the flex mouthpieces.

Thank you so much for the great product and I look forward to a long history
of playing the flex mouthpieces.

SPC William J. Flitter, Ivy Division Band, Ft. Carson, Colorado

Just a note to let you know that you have a winner with the new Flex system and Vs backbore. I recently played a Circus that required two days of 3 three hour shows each followed by another 3 hour show day. First time I have never had any swelling! The piece takes less effort and really delivers with a nice "sizzle" in the sound. The lower register is rich and full, the upper is easier and with your flex couplers I can match my Scodwell perfectly. I use a #5. NO loss of energy or sound with that either. I have also converted all my Bach mouthpieces I use in legit playing over to the flex coupler system.
Thanks for making my job easier.

Mike White, Freelance, Indianapolis, Indiana

I recently attended the Stomvi USA / Brass Spa seminar at the ITG Conference in Harrisburg, PA. I learned more about the trumpet and mouthpiece at this seminar than I had in several years of trying to educate myself. There was more real world information (stuff I can really apply) presented than at any clinic I've ever seen.

Thanks!

Jeff Helgesen, Freelance, Illinois

I am an artist in residence right now at an Elementary School and the Gr. 1 students think the horn looks really old because it is brushed brass but when I play some jazz on it they LOVE it. They call it my old new horn and have nick named it the holy grail horn because it looks like the carpenters cup from the Raiders of the Lost Ark Movie.

I was giving a demo to a group who had come to hear the Red Deer Symphony where I am the second trumpet player. I was doing the demo with a flute player from the orchestra and when I switched from my c trumpet to the VR II she was blown away by the sound. If a flute player can hear the difference then you are in business!

Thanks for making such a great horn and I would love to hear what you have to say about mouthpieces!

Samantha Whelan Kotkas, Artistic Director, Storyfair Productions,
www.storyfair.com

The rim and cup size are just perfect. The sound has a lot of core and is very centered, seems to carry far. Usual high tone range is effortless.
With regards to the couplers, for now my preference is the 5, although I'm still experimenting on the other two. I've decided to keep them. Thanks for nailing this on one try!
The valve guides are great! They gave me a more centered sound and slotting is better, giving an impression of a bigger sound. Combined with the square tuning slide, this gives me a very locked response for legit playing.

Daniel Borja Jr., Kawasaki, Japan

I am a Band Director in the area, and a now-and-then trumpet player as well, and I have to admit that I've never heard a presentation like that given by K.O. and Jim Manley before. During college, I had the pleasure of studying with both Vincent Cichowicz and Luther Didrickson at Northwestern and, although they were wonderful teachers, I simply was not enough of a player to really take advantage of what they had to say. Subsequent years, plenty of practice, and serious reflection on what they professed have helped.

I'm a "now-and-then player" but, I have tried to incorporate some of what you guys mentioned and have done so with GREAT success. Thanks very much again for your generosity in coming here; and, please accept my most sincere best wishes for continued success in your work.

Joseph H. Ferraro, Chicago, Illinois

It's easy for me to talk about my two V-Raptors because they are simply the best horns I have every played! And that comes from playing for the past 50 years. I have a silver light weight, and a gold heavy weight horn. They are amazing horns, each in their own right. I use the silver horn the most, as I play lead in the San Luis Valley Big Band, in Alamosa, Colorado. Alamosa is a small community with a big band. An unusual situation to say the least. The love of big band jazz is the glue that keeps the band together. For a non-professional band made up of &ldquo jazz addicts &rdquo with day jobs, we are still able to play Basie, Kenton, Herman, and Maynard charts. The lead parts are demanding! The V-Raptor makes it possible for me to play the lead with power and edge. I actually sound better now than I did when I was in my twenties playing in Los Angeles.



Like many players, I have run the gamut with horns. I've played nearly all the major brands. When I tried the V-Raptor about two years ago, I was blown away (pun intended). I had purchased a Yamaha, Bobby Shew model, and was very pleased with it. Then I discovered the V-Raptor and compared the two. Much to my surprise the Raptor was more responsive, more centered, and added about a third of an octave to my range! That was all it took. I bought the two horns and I am telling everybody I know about the horn.



Thanks for making such great horns!

Rob Williams, Colorado
www.psych-k.com

I was up at Thompson Music in NE. I did purchase your Flex mouthpiece. I bought your S14A VR and it is fantastic. He was out of your raptor trumpets a couple weeks ago. I'm just a part time player but really enjoy the mp. Thompson Music was very helpful with your products. I get so much color from this piece, improved articulation, and lastly it is very easy to speak at all dynamics.

Warren Lopicka, Liberty, Missouri

It's absolutely wonderful!! Everything I was hoping for. The brushed lacquer finish is stunning. It looks so cool. I can't believe how in tune this horn is and how easy the air blows through. It plays with little effort. The sound rings out of the large bell at any volume - soft or loud.
The VRII slots so well on every note - like hitting the keys on a piano, the notes are just there! The way it projects with the large bell is amazing, and the sound from behind is astounding compared to my old horn.
The VRII combined with your Flex mouthpiece makes me feel the most confident I have ever felt while playing. Most importantly it makes playing fun, a whole lot of fun!

Mark Morel, USA

My new S13A mouthpiece is fantastic! Very efficient and easy to play, but with great core and a full range of overtones in the sound. The day after I got my mouthpiece I had a rehearsal and the sax player commented how good I sounded. &ldquo New mouthpiece &rdquo I told her! It works very well with my Stomvi Elite Trumpet, a great instrument for any style of playing, from classical to lead.
Frank Abrahamson, freelance
formerly with: Maynard Ferguson
Wayne Newton, Branson MO shows

Wow! I can’t remember when I have actually been excited about a mouthpiece!

Flex mouthpieces are highly efficient, very easy to play with rich overtones, bigger sound, better attacks, great intonation and focus with a fantastic upper register, all with less effort!

If you really want to improve your playing…Flex Mouthpieces will help you get the results you're striving for.

Thanks K.O. for all of your help and especially for making such a great mouthpiece!

All the best,
Scott Wiltfang
Calicchio DT s1s/3M
Calicchio 1s/2rM
Yamaha 6310Z Flugelhorn
Jean Baptiste VT480B Bb Valve Trombone
Flex JM VR mouthpiece

Scott Wiltfang, Freelance, Chicago, Illinois

I have to say that my S6A VR Vs c (with coupler #5) has really improved my playing. As most of trumpet players, I want to play high notes, and I have tried for the last 35 years to play in the upper register. Something magical happened with this mouthpiece. I can now easily play an F or G above high C when I feel like it. Even the lower register feels better now, both sound and ease of play has improved.
Thank´s for all your advise and support.

Dan Warvne, Sweden

I'm really very satisfied with my V-Raptor and the people who heard me (guys to whom I'm sitting every day in big band, other trumpet players, even classical) said that the sound is great. I'm playing on Sunday with some brass sextet the programme with Beethoven, Chopin, Purcell, Mozart and I can tell you that even in this field instrument sounds just great and that's not only my opinion. Also in combos or in blues band it just works very well.

My trumpet sound just improved with this instrument in combination with Bach 3C mouthpiece.

Zvonimir Bajević, Croatia

Now that my "honeymoon phase" is over with my new Flex VR mouthpiece; I thought I would share my thoughts with you regarding it. To be very honest with you; when I first saw your Flex VR mouthpieces at this year's NAMM Show, it certainly was not love at first sight. After using "tone intensifiers" and &ldquo mega" heavy mouthpieces I thought... "These look like boring traditional mouthpieces so I doubt if they could create any magic for me". Well, after a few blows, I was wrong! The sound was perfectly rich without being dull. I validated this by also listening to raw (no effects) recordings of myself in order to better understand the sound from the other side of the bell. I then found that even though it had a nice full color to its core sound and warm tone, I did not have to sacrifice playability and response in the higher register. When I played it (along with many other well known branded mouthpieces) during a blind test with my overly honest Wife, she responded... &ldquo That one makes you sound like a professional! &rdquo On a separate note, your expertise and customer service is truly amazing! I remember after you asked me several questions (while fitting me with one of your mouthpieces) it was the FIRST mouthpiece you recommended that fit me the best and the one I purchased! Even though I played several more of them, I kept coming back to that first one! Your straight forward, patience, and respectful approach with me showed your true commitment to ALL Trumpet players (not just professionals) and your passion for the optimization of the ever elusive "equipment plus player" equation. In closing, I would like to say that I am 100% confident that your great Flex VR mouthpiece has finally ended my (25)+ year "mouthpiece safari." If someone welded it onto the receiver of my horn, I wouldn't be the least concerned! Thank You & Congratulations on designing and manufacturing what I strongly believe is the best mouthpiece I have ever played!

Dan O'Donnell,

I recently tested out the new S3 when I was in the shop, and was blown away by the horn. I tested it out against the horn I was playing, and I could not believe how much better it sounded and how much easier it was to play. I thought my horn played well until I tested it out against the S3. The S3s sound is so much bigger and every note is exactly where it should be. I have been playing the S3 on the road now for a few weeks, and it plays GREAT! I have never played a trumpet that plays in tune so well, and sounds so good!

Glen Marhevka, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
www.bbvd.com

WOW! You nailed it on the head with this one. I used it for a recording yesterday and had the most comfortable deal I can ever remember. I'm really looking forward to this next week as I have a lot of recording and a few gigs to play.
Thanks so much for your attention and patience. This has to be the most comfortable well responding piece I've ever had in my life.
This piece rocks!

Jon Trimble, Freelance, Branson, Missouri

It's easy for me to talk about my two V-Raptors because they are simply the best horns I have every played! And that comes from playing for the past 50 years. I have a silver light weight, and a gold heavy weight horn. They are amazing horns, each in their own right. I use the silver horn the most, as I play lead in the San Luis Valley Big Band, in Alamosa, Colorado. Alamosa is a small community with a big band. An unusual situation to say the least. The love of big band jazz is the glue that keeps the band together. For a non-professional band made up of &ldquo jazz addicts &rdquo with day jobs, we are still able to play Basie, Kenton, Herman, and Maynard charts. The lead parts are demanding! The V-Raptor makes it possible for me to play the lead with power and edge. I actually sound better now than I did when I was in my twenties playing in Los Angeles.

Like many players, I have run the gamut with horns. I've played nearly all the major brands. When I tried the V-Raptor about two years ago, I was blown away (pun intended). I had purchased a Yamaha, Bobby Shew model, and was very pleased with it. Then I discovered the V-Raptor and compared the two. Much to my surprise the Raptor was more responsive, more centered, and added about a third of an octave to my range! That was all it took. I bought the two horns and I am telling everybody I know about the horn.

Thanks for making such great horns!

Rob Williams, Colorado
www.psych-k.com

When I first tried some of K.O.s prototype Flex mouthpieces I was so knocked out by them I gave him my spare mouthpiece and told him if you can put your VR twist on what I already have, DO IT!

We discussed what I would want. We knew the rim and cup style I needed and he nailed it the first time!

Everyone I have played this mouthpiece for has picked it out in a blind fold test. My custom Flex mouthpiece has more core and vibrancy to the sound, better projection, better intonation, and a more even scale in every register of the horn. I am getting more sound, with less effort!

I have not tinkered with mouthpieces in years. This time I'm glad I did!



Michael Manthey, Freelance, Maynard Ferguson BBN Band, California