Mango - I was considering going saxophone for a while (from guitar-sax) but as I researched and everything... I cant stand to learn something that is pretty basic... I like challenge. Trumpet/Violin were my choices for that (since i like to solo/play the lead) and basically, considering Im sick of strings (guitar 15 years) I said trumpet. As i went through all the online lessons... im thinking its even MORE involved than the damn violin! Ted, you always had something good to say, appreciated. Ive noticed a lot of pro horns are 'free' blowing so I assume given all else is designed for the open/rich sound the free blowing aspect would 'aid' in that also?