People talk quite often in this forum about "finding equipment that best suits the individual." For me it takes quite a long time of blowing before i know how suitable it is (with mouthpieces months). In fact i would say that more often than not i have had to work at making it fit. My ethos has always been to look at myself before the equipment. For me the equipment is a mere amplifier of your chops; bad chops will sound bad on any amplifier. Has anyone truly and honestly "found" equipment (excluding a switch from student equipment to professional) that has made a dramatic difference, or are you like me, you have to work at making it fit? When you are surrounded by lots of shiny expensive brass equipment in a brass instrument shop, is the so called better equipment just a placebo? Should trumpet players always be on a quest for better equipment, or should they stop wasting time upon a "quick fix" and develop what they already have? Wilmer, you strike me as a straight talking "man's man", have you messed with changing equipment much over your long career? Have you ever found a piece of equipment that has hit the proverbial spot? Would you say that you should only change equipment for the musical purpose of colour, rather than technique? Cheers B.U.M.