The first time I remembered seeing a King horn was when I saw the Canadian Brass playing live and the horn player at that time was wielding one with phenomenal dexterity. I remember talking with him about his choice of this horn and how free blowing it was. This King Eroica is just that. This horn is lacquered nickel, the lacquer has worn off in a few spots. It's all original except that the pinky hook has been moved for the comfort of the previous owner. King horns benefited from the knowledge of Chuck Ward and the design of these valves. Think of this horn like a better 8D. King fixed bell case included.