"I think it is silly and vain to get a gold plated anything if it does not serve a purpose." I missed the part where you said that was just for kids or young men. So I guess it's not silly or vain if an adult wants gold plating? It seems like your current rant is about the "value" of today's student horns compared to those from many years ago. Without getting into an economics discussion I'll ask you to compare automobile prices from the 50's and 60's to today. You'll see inflation there as well. But if we go back to some of your other threads/rants, haven't you established that there's essentially no difference between a student horn and a custom pro horn? Heck, aren't you in the process of creating your own custom horn that will rival that of the current custom horns on the market? I think not, but you never know. I think that you're having a problem reconciling theory with reality. In theory you should be able to solder some tubes together and get a lovely trumpet. Reality tells us otherwise. In theory a custom made pro trumpet should be more reasonably priced, but reality tells us different. You post with an indignance that assumes everyone here should think exactly the same way that you do, but your opinion is just that...yours.