Being a trumpet player myself, I have owned several trumpets over my career including a bach stradivarius, a getzen, a benge, and two other shilke horns. I personally feel that these trumpets are the best trumpets to be built in 2007. When I bought this horn I was hoping to buy another bach stradivarius, but because selmer was on strike in 2007 the price of stradivariuses had soared to nearly $2, 300 dollars, and the few strads that the music stores had were or poor quality. Owning both a stradivarius, and a xeno has allowed me to compare the pros and cons of each horn. Xenos are more lightweight, while still producing the rich dark, tone of a heavy trumpet. I also prefer the valves on this horn to those of a strad, because with a strad the valves make banging sounds, and they are more aggresive, while I like my valves to pop up smoother. This brings me to conclude that this horn is better than any strad made in 2007. Although the reverse lead was available for about 200 dollars more, I did not buy it, but the reverse lead trumpet is as good or better than the yrt 8335, the reverse lead being the YTR 8335GS.