Maybe some people are too wrapped up in their equipment, but if it makes them happy, that's no bad thing. The only thing I find saddening is when someone spends their life chasing equipment and never really finds anything that makes them happy. I do believe in the 'magic horn' or 'magic mouthpiece' theories to an extent. Everyone is different, both physically and in terms of their playing goals, so I do think we need to have an intelligent approach to equipment. We need to be clear about what we're looking for and honest about which equipment gets us closest. We also need to realise that we'll never find the perfect equipment, but we can get close enough that the equipment is working with us rather than against us. Unless of course you just plain enjoy buying and playing lots of different equipment, in which case go for it! I don't think a new horn gives you more ability or talent, but it can help you better music out of the ability and talent you've already got. And it might even encourage more practice! My Getzen was great when I got it, but I grew out of it. My Strad was a decent trumpet, and I could have stopped there and it wouldn't have held me back. My Eclipse suits me better than the Bach in every way, and now that I've ordered a mouthpiece that matches both me and the trumpet, I can't think of a single way in which it'll be holding me back. I now have absolutely no excuses except lack of practice... Having said all that, if I had the money I'd really enjoy buying a bunch more horns, I'd get... Eclipse Red Flugel, Cornet and Piccolo and C. D/Eb - maybe Schilke. I'd also really like an Eclipse Copper Bb in lacquer, not because I'd play it much, but because they're beautiful. Maybe glue it to a stand and use it as a lamp. I could even have a switch built into the valves. 1st for on, 3rd for off. But like I said, all that would just be purely for fun (apart from the Flugel). Rich.