I was formerly a clinician and artist for another wonderful trumpet and then about a year and a half ago, Bobby Thorpe from Synergy Brass, Jeff Christiana, product manager for Conn-Selmer trumpets and trombones, were all in Elkhart, Indiana. Bobby and Jeff kept raving to me about this 182. I had no intention at the time of trying or switching to a new horn. I had always played extra large bore horns, and to my surprise, this thing just felt absolutely effortless to play, had that gorgeous Bach sound, intonation, and it just rang like crazy in the upper register too! I thought that maybe it is just that one day honeymoon thing, so tried it the next day, and the next, and by that Friday I said, "I must have this trumpet". Every day it just played and sounded so fantastic, had that unique gorgeous Bach sound and was so good in all registers and specifically up high, which for the big band lead stuff I do is absolutely perfect. Over the years, like a lot of my friends, I always felt like I was trading off that gorgeous core sound to try to find something that would ring just a bit more up high. No trade off here, it sounds absolutely beautiful in all registers and rings like crazy on the high stuff too! I know I sound really enthusiastic, cause I am, I love this thing!