Please, this is not a "one is better than the other" thread, this is a thread to enlighten my ignorance. I'm a dunce when it comes to orchestras, so please be patient. Anyways, I have heard both discussed multiple times, comparing American / Western orchestras to Slavonic / Eastern orchestras. As far as equipment goes, it seems like the west has a preference for piston horns while the east has a preference for rotary horns. Hearing jargon about the orchestras, often times I hear that one desires to play in a Russian or German orchestra without sounding like an American. From what I can tell, it seems like the Russian orchestras put the emphasis on the depth of the sound and strive for a very legato tongue and broad sound while American orchestras put an emphasis on the brilliance of the sound and while not emphasizing sledgehammer attacks, there tends to be a brilliant pop on the notes. Obviously there can't be an exact science, but I speak in general terms. Anyways, I konw I'm missing out on a ton, and that's why I need to be filled in. I know both have been discussed before multiple times, but I've never seen my question definitively answered, or if I have seen it, it flew over my head. As my musical tastes change, I'm starting to become more aware of the classical side of things as opposed to just the jazz side of things, so this is somewhat of a new adventure to me. Thanks in advance!