I have played CarolBrass CTR-500T for a week or two after I purchased it but my first impression after coming off playing a Yamaha 8310ZS and Bob Reeves VRaptor. However, CarolBrass CTR-500T exceeds my expectations. Better than the Yammie (Yamaha) in every respect and at least the equal of the VRaptor with better core to the mid range. So far-loving it !!!!!! I play lead with the Mile High Jazz Band and sub for local band (Tahoe Dance Band) and Symphony.