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I've been using a Jupiter XO 1602 for a while now and really like how it feels to play. I've heard that a lot of people dislike Jupiter instruments, but that they've gone uphill recently. I'm curious as to how you guys feel about them. (Note: I've only been playing about five years, now)

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A few years ago at an ITG conference I played the ZO 1601 model that Jupiter worked with Roger Ingram on.  It played great and the quality was perfection.  I've not played the XO1602, but assuming it is also as a good of a trumpet.

I think when Jupiter trumpets first came to the US, they were focused on student level trumpets with a student level type of quality.  They are mfg. in Taiwan (assume China) now by KHS, and assume the early experiences of those student model trumpets have damaged the brand as a professional series trumpet. That said, I think the Jupiter XO series has started to change that experience.

What are others experiences?

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Haven't played any of the Jupiter professional trumpets. Bought a student level Jupiter Shepherd' s crook cornet. It was a well built and designed cornet. It just didn't sound right to me.

There was been excellent reviews on the Jupiter professional trumpet.

https://www.cmuse.org/best-professional-trumpet/

Discussion on one of the other trumpet blogs.

https://www.trumpetherald.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=141850&highlight=jupiter

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XO Brass has grown to now be separate a separate band from Jupiter, but still under the umbrella of the KHS family of instrument brands. XO was actually founded by a renowned Japanese instrument maker, and XOs continue to be made in TAIWAN, not China. Newer XO instruments are no longer stamped with the Jupiter name because they have indeed advanced. One of the reasons is that KHS is extremely receptive and welcoming of artist contributions in the overall design. Check the XO site, and you will notice that the U.S. roster of artists alone has grown immensely. In fact, American artists and employees (KHS America, Mt. Juliet, TN) are greatly valued.

As for Jupiter, the quality of student and intermediate instruments had gone from mediocre (pre-1990s) to exceptional today. From price point and reliability, they are a staple among band instrument rentals and band room inventory. The XO professional trumpets come with an amazing array of options, and are worth trying. The professional piccolo trumpet is a standout, and a serious competitor against traditional brands.

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Jupiter was my first instrument. Now I play on Yamaha Bobby Shew. Think its best solution for my level.

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