Kanstul 1000 Trumpet Review

Kanstul 1000 Trumpet

The Kanstul 1000 Series Bb trumpets made by Kanstul Musical Instruments bears a striking semblance to the Chicago Benge trumpets designed by Elden Benge many years ago.

The Kanstul 1000 Series (also known as the Kanstul Chicago trumpet) is loved for its tremendous projection and a lively texture to the tone that is both brilliant and warm. For these reasons, the Kanstul 1000 trumpet made our list of the best professional trumpets and our list of the top 15 best rated trumpets.

Kanstul 1000 Trumpet

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  • Hand Hammered One Piece Yellow Brass Bell
  • Hand Lapped Pistons
  • Top Spring Pistons
  • 3rd Slide Stop
  • Distinctive Reverse 2nd Slide

The Kanstul 1000 is highly rated receiving a 4.9 (out of 5.0) star rating on several retail sites.


Key: Bb
Bore: 0.460" (Medium-Large), 0.464" (Medium-Large plus), 0.470" (Large)
Bell: 4 3/4", hand hammered one piece yellow brass
Leadpipe: Kanstul ML
Valves: Monel
Valve Guides: Metal
Slides: Brass
Water Keys: One traditional
Intonation: 1st slide saddle, 3rd slide ring
Mouthpiece: Kanstul CG 3
Case: ProTec triple gig bag
Finish: Lacquer or Silver

Kanstul 1000 vs Kanstul 1001 vs. Kanstul 1070

Kanstul Chicago TrumpetsThe Kanstul 1000 series trumpet is available in three bore sizes a 0.460" (Model 1000), 0.464" (Model 1001) and 0.470 (Model 1070).

Charles Hargett of Kanstul describes the difference between the three Kanstul Chicago Trumpets,

"The Model 1001 is a .464 "medium large plus" bore. It offers a slightly larger bore size that you won't fall into, and it stays open as you work your way to the upper register. This horn is the sound of your Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire and Tijuana Brass records. The bell thickness is about .020" which gives it a rich core without being too bright. I would characterize it as a "lighter" sound than a Bach, but it's easily colored by the player. The 1001 is perfectly suitable for commercial (rock, pops, big band) and symphonic (Broadway, Community Band, quintet, church work, etc.). I've played this model since before I started at Kanstul and it suits me for all kinds of playing.

The Model 1000 is basically the same horn but with a medium large .460" bore. It's also quite versatile, but the 1001 is the more popular of the two.

The Model 1070 is something like a Besson Meha that Claude Gordon would have liked. It's a large .470" that will fill a hall. It has a lightweight bell that responds quickly and has a bright, lively sound. The 1070 (formerly known as the "Big Band" model) is great for large, loud ensembles like Latin or big band, show band, etc. However, it speaks very well at lower dynamic levels. It is appropriately balanced, but in my opinion is better suited to the strong, full-time player.

The Model 1000 and 1001 are not as bright as the 1070, but I want to say again that these are all easily colored by the player."

Hand Lapped Pistons

One of the signatures of higher end trumpets, including the Kanstul Chicago trumpet, are hand-lapped valve pistons. What this means is that the final fitting of the valves is by a skilled craftsman and not by machine. A fine abrasive compound or slurry is applied between surfaces and the pistons are worked up and down to smooth the surfaces where they meet to ensure a good, leak-free fit.

Jack Kanstul takes us inside the Kanstul factory and shows us how hand-lapping is done. It's a labor intensively process but well worth the effort when done properly.


Reviews of the Kanstul Chicago trumpets are very positive. A few reviewers noted a problems with the valves sticking a bit but that was overcome with proper oiling.

Great All Around Horn

"My horn has been wonderful. Once I reverted back to my favorite oil (think it is a chemistry issue for me) the valves are smooth fast very responsive. Horn speaks easily in all registers and carries and edge when every you want even down low. Found it to be my favorite horn ever played."

The Legendary Chicago Benge!

"This is an outstanding trumpet. Zig Kanstul worked for Benge at one time so he used his experience to recreate this great model. A little pit bull of a horn, it has some bark to it when pushed but it also is capable of playing with a sweet warm tone on those lyrical ballads. Very good in the high range, and excellent balance of resistance, this trumpet does it all and is in my opinion the best model in the entire Kanstul lineup, which is saying something because all the Kanstuls are very fine horns. The large bore version is nice too but this ML bore is more to my liking. This horn is responsive like a Schilke but not as bright. Great valves and workmanship, this is one of the finest trumpets money can buy."


So how does the Kanstul 1000 Series trumpet stack up against the legendary Chicago Benge? Well based on customer reviews, I'd say pretty darn well. With three bore sizes to choose from the Kanstul 1000 is very versatile and will meet the needs of most professionals from big band to the symphony.

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