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Thread: Sterling Virtuoso questions

  1. Sterling Virtuoso questions

    Hello -

    Is the JP 374 and the Sterling Virtuoso the same instrument? I have a dealer telling me are, but I am not sure he is correct. Thanks for any guidance!!!

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    Not the same! The JP is modeled after the Sterling that's all.
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  3. Absolutely not the same. The JP374 design and manufacturing were assisted by Paul Riggett, the proprietor of Sterling Musical Instruments, but it is manufactured in China. The Sterling Virtuoso is a hand built custom instrument manufactured in Bedfordshire, UK. Trust me on this as I own a Sterling Virtuoso and have visited the shop where they are built numerous times.

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  4. Thank you!

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    FYI, Baltimore Brass is becoming the distributor for Sterling in the US.

    I played the JP374 at midwest, and it plays very well, particularly for the price. But, having owned a sterling, they arenít at all the same. Similar flavor perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miketeachesclass View Post
    FYI, Baltimore Brass is becoming the distributor for Sterling in the US.
    Baltimore Brass are good folks, and they now carry my two favorite brands (Adams and Sterling)!
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  7. Thank you to everyone for the responses!!!

  8. So I found a like new (demo) Sterling Virtuoso Custom for $-,000.00 plus shipping. Thoughts? What does the Custom has that is better (or worse) than other models? Thanks!!!
    Last edited by Wendy Willson; 01-04-2020 at 11:07 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy Willson View Post
    So I found a like new (demo) Sterling Virtuoso Custom for $5,000.00 plus shipping. Thoughts? What does the Custom has that is better (or worse) than other models? Thanks!!!
    I believe this is the original Virtuoso concept, which is made in England by Paul and the boys. This is a top-level horn, while (whilst?) the JP models are not quite. So the horn is mostly hand-made and is similar to what Doug owns; the difference(s) would be in the "Custom" part of this horn - it could have various materials/weights of bell, for example.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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  10. Thank you! What questions should I be asking about? Thanks for the assistance!

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