“I just wanted to relay my first impressions of playing my C all day today with the new slide.  Well…I didn’t reach for the old one to compare—that in itself is a good sign!   We rehearsed the Vaughn-Williams “Antartica” Symphony today and I was so impressed with the eveness, the quick response and the intonation. One of the things the struck me is that I could blow this thing as loud as I could and what you said about the nickel having core held true. It just got louder and never harsh or strident. (I like to think that maybe I can take just a little credit for that too… ;-))”