I just heard a T.V production of Handel compositions led by Howard Arman, in Halle's Marktkirche, on original instruments and have a few questions. First to trumpets. I thought the trumpets had a slightly tinny sound in the upper register and am wondering if this is typical. The trumpeters were certainly competent, that is not in question. But I am just curious if the tone quality came mainly from the instruments vs. being a result of recording/sound techniques. Would anyone characterize the tonal quality of Baroque music trumpets? Secondly, more general if anybody can comment. I thought the performance was a little inelegant; too strict over-the-barline phrasing, for example. Arman is certainly a versatile and successful conductor but I just found this performance a little too literal. Any comments about this musical director?