Just a note on the efficiency of my horns, and the tough way I had to realize the difference. Iâ€™m going through some rather serious health problems that will soon be resolved by a surgery (which has now been moved back to the first week in May so I can take my band to a festival on April 26th). I normally play lots of gigs, practice everyday, and I love to play with my students each and every period of my teaching life. I truly believe in teaching by example, so I demonstrate tone quality, technique, and phrasing to my students by playing for and with them everyday. This week I have started to notice a real difference in the amount Iâ€™m able to push into my horns. Thereâ€™s just not as much â€œgas in my tankâ€ as there usually is, and trying to play while â€œrunning on emptyâ€ is really tough. I was doing my normal daily routine this past Monday and I felt zapped within minutes of starting. When I started to play my piccolo routine I just put it back into the case and said forget it. Then I turned to my trusty Bach Strad Bb 180ML, which is a wonderful 1964-65 Bach. It just didnâ€™t blow, but I kept on working. I then went to my Harrelson 750 which is a Bach Strad modified by Jason Harrelson. I have really enjoyed playing this horn since I bought it last year, but this week I realized just how efficient this horn is. I hate to use this phrase, but I feel like the horn does part of the work for me. This part of my workout was by far the very best playing I did that day, and then I moved on to my Kanstul flugelhorn, which was also a fun part of my day. When my students came in I kept out the flugelhorn and I played on it for the remainder of the day. Using those two horns I was able to produce a rich dark sound with little effort. I was able to play in the center of each pitch with ease, and my playing remained fluid. I have a great old Bach Bb, and my Schilke P5-4 is a great horn, but I canâ€™t tell you how much difference there was between those horns and the Harrelson and the Kanstul. I noticed the same things on Wednesday and today. Iâ€™ll never give up my trusty old Bach Bb nor my Schilke, but I would love to get my hands on a new Bb that plays as effieciently as my Kanstul or Harrelson 750 C. It stinks that I really am having to go through some tough times to realize just how great a couple of my horns are, but it is nice that I'm able to play a full practice routine on 2 of my horns. I know which two horns will be the first out of the case after my surgery -- maybe I'll get lucky and land a new Bb soon to go with them! Maybe a new Harrelson or an Eclipse!