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Thread: Monzani MZEP-1150L

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    Monzani MZEP-1150L

    Has anyone come across the Monzani MZEP-1150L euphonium?

    It seems to be another Jinbao (or other Chinese maker) clone of the Yamaha 642 and to be available only from Music Store Professional in Germany and from its UK subsidiary DV247.

    This horn has a huge price advantage over other Jinbao clones, but it also looks different - perhaps the brass composition is less optimal, hence the duller appearance under the lacquer? I'd be very curious to hear if anyone on the forum has first hand experience of one of these horns.

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    I know nothing about this, but the photos are interesting. I'm not sure the photos are "true" for color, though. The bell looks like it's nickel plated in the overall photos, but the photo of the receiver makes it look like the bell is gold colored.
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    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Central North Carolina
    Looks like the standard Jin Bao offering to me. The color appearance is just an artifact of lighting and photography. It's quite difficult to get a photo showing the true color of instruments like this. I've taken pictures of brass instruments that came out looking silver, and of silver instruments that came out looking brass.

    In terms of price, and once you would correct for things like import duties, shipping, etc., it seems to be in about the same price range as this: -- which I would guess is exactly the same horn.
    Gary Merrill
    Wessex EEb Bass tuba (Denis Wick 3XL)
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    1924 Buescher 3-valve Eb tuba, modified Kelly 25
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    the bell is either really poorly buffed or really dirty, or the lacquer is cloudy. But it's clearly yellow brass with nickel silver trim and a gold brass leadpipe, which is the standard Jin Bao playbook. Looks like a really nice case though! Different than the standard semi-soft-sided case that Jin Bao instruments usually come with.

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    Thanks guys. Gary, I think you are right about the Jim Laabs Schiller being the same thing for the same price if based in the U.S. - I should have been clearer that the huge price advantage is an Aussie perspective. The Schiller with postage to Aus comes in at around 2x the cost of the Monzani with postage to Aus. So if it's basically the same horn this is pretty tempting.

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    Join Date
    May 2015
    Deltona, Florida
    If you are considering an 1150 (jinbao...or otherwise Yamaha 642 clone) at least call and talk to Tom at Mack Brass, before ordering from Jim Laabs, at least. Tom has a price match guarantee, even on shipping. Now, I have no idea at all what is involved in shipping from the U.S. to Aus. Maybe it IS less to ship from a European source. But if I were set on any 1150, I would give Mack Brass my business in a heartbeat. Tom is knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and willing to give his time on the phone to answer questions or address concerns. It may be that he CAN'T help you (I really don't know), but I'd bet he can steer you in the right direction, and be a valuable resource in any case.
    Good Luck!

    P.S. I guess you DO have to be careful about the time zones when calling, though....
    Last edited by jskline5; 02-16-2016 at 09:21 PM.

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    Tom from MACK (and his euphs) has a really great rep in this forum and beyond and I would very gladly have given him my business. I emailed him about shipping costs to Australia yesterday he replied to my email pretty promptly. Unfortunately, at least for the time being, MACK doesn't ship outside the US.
    Having done the cost benefit analysis and thought seriously about what I want my instrument for (basically to play at home, and to learn some solo repertoire that my old front action 3 valve Getzen euph doesn't really have the range for) I ordered the Monzani from Germany. Part of me would have liked to hold out and buy the Wessex Dolce, but at A$750 for the Monzani vs A$2090 for the Wessex, I thought it was worth risking the cheaper euph. If it is rubbish, I can send it back (there is a 30 day return period) and save up for the Wessex instead. I'll report back on the Monzani when it arrives.
    My thanks to Mr Werden and the other forum members for their views and advice. I have only been a member of this forum for a month (having referred to it often over the years) and really do appreciate its existence and the exchanges of views it facilitates!


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    So the Monzani arrived today and first impressions are favourable. I haven't had a chance to put it through its paces thoroughly yet, but the instrument is free blowing and has a warm, open sound. The tone feels lighter than my Getzen, but still full and euphish. Intonation seems pretty decent. The mouthpiece is nothing to shout about, but I'll try it with my Denis Wick 4AL for a proper workout soon. The instrument seems to have been prepared for use by Musicstore Professional in Germany. The slides are greased and move smoothly and the valves are responsive, if a little noisy. Looking forward to giving the horn a good going over on the weekend.

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    I have had a decent play of my Monzani now and I'm very pleased with it. It has a big, open sound, definitely heavier than my Getzen, and the intonation is fairly true through the range. I'm not going to post a very detailed review because it would only repeat the reviews of Schiller and Mack branded Jin Bao clones already posted in other topics, right down to the tricky threads on the valve caps. It's an irrelevant instrument for US buyers who can get the same thing from US retailers, but for European or Antipodean buyers, this is a very viable low cost option.

  10. I am glad that I found this forum! Thanks to all of you that post. I went ahead and ordered the Monzani MZEP-1150L euphonium from the store in Germany. Total cost with insured shipping to Oklahoma was $562 USD.

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