I am now a proud owner of a Jupiter XO 1270s. I'm very excited to have a new professional instrument after playing on a Yamaha YEP-321 for almost 2 decades. The process was a lot longer than I expected but I'm glad I came out with the horn I've wanted in my hands for the last 4-5 years now.
The search for the instrument was a fairly long one. I knew I wanted a Jupiter XO ever since I played one at the FMEA conference back in 2011 and played it for about an hour every day I was there and never got tired of it. Funny Story: On the last day of the conference I ended up getting the mouthpiece stuck in the horn and the Jupiter Rep and I had to walk around all over the exhibit hall looking for a mouthpiece puller. At once point, I stayed at the booth playing excerpts for the people who wanted to see what it sounded like. It was quite an experience. Back to the search, I looked through several websites and I checked a few local music stores without much luck. One day I decided to make the trek up to All County Music up in Tamarac, FL which is about a 40-minute drive from where I live in Miami. No only did they have a professional Euphonium in stock, they had TWO professional Euphoniums in stock including the Jupiter XO that I was looking for. The people there were very sweet overall and extremely helpful in securing my purchase. I came in about once a week for about a month to try out instruments. It was a great experience and I definitely recommend anyone looking for a horn to check out their store.
As of the time of writing this, I am very happy with the Jupiter XO. I am still getting used to a new mouthpiece and the weight of the horn but no complaints thus far. I am interested to see how this instrument performs in an ensemble setting. Next week I'll be at the Maestros Summer Conducting Workshop trying it out before I tackle some heavier repertoire in my 5th season with the Miami Wind Symphony.