UPDATE: Sometimes going back through some of your old posts can provide some insight about things that you either aren't thinking about, or have forgotten. A couple of things have happened since I last posted to this thread back in June. The trumpet, the Schilke B6 that I initially had my doubts about, has turned out to be fantastic, and it got even better after I sent it off to Bob Reeves for an alignment. I also don't seem to be having any major issues with my mouthpieces - still a Schilke 14A4 for rock band, and a Schilke 14C4 I picked up to use if something should come up where I have to play something live or unmiked that doesn't consist of horn hits and choruses in rock and roll charts. My playing surged quite a bit due to practice that I put in for an audition that I took in July. While I didn't win the audition, it proved to be a sobering and worthwhile experience because it forced me to look at my life and my playing from a perspective that I might not have otherwise. Most of all, it taught me that there is nothing wrong with being a hobby player, gigging on the weekends, and I have come to accept both my relative level of proficiency and the "gigs" that I have in life as a husband, father, career employee, and musician. These days, rare is the gig where I don't have chops to burn by the end. While I would like to take some of the credit for that, I believe that much of that has to do with playing great equipment that is set up efficiently for me. I'm still not knocking down the dubbas, nor am I ready to go solo with the NYP, but I can't say that I'm unhappy with my playing because I'm not. Is there room for improvement and am I still striving to improve? You betcha! But for now things are cruising along steady and I'm not having any major playing issues. I want to thank everyone who participated in this thread 6 months ago who gave me encouragement and advice. You guys are great and it's people like you who make this forum the great place that it is!