OK, as a musician and a computer geek, I admit I am a total gear-head. But as a comeback player, I have been (and need to continue) working on basics. Knowing that my current horn (not counting my Conn peashooter) is a Chinese knock-off, of course I have my eyes on much nicer horns. But I realize that at this point, I will sound like a comebacker, whether I'm on my current horn or a $3000 NYTC. So I'd like a checklist, or a list of milestones, to hit before it even matters what horn I am playing. Specific things to work toward would be nice. I know that if anything abounds here at TM, it is opinions. So I am interested in yours. I'm posting from Hokitika, NZ, in case the time stamp makes no sense. It's about 8:05 PM here.