So, I'm listening to some recordings of Miles Davis (Winter in Europe 1967) and its a really great tone, obviously, and I read a lot about the person mattering more than the trumpet, tone-wise, and I'm still learning and practicing and focusing on tone, but am I really supposed to be able to sound like that? Also, I read a comment talking about lightweight trumpets really peircing the ears in an orchestra, and I have to agree - between what I hear with fellow (granted, high school) trumpets with lightweights for marching (in the concert band) and orchestras, there's a huge difference I can't describe. I play on a Strad 37 with a Bobby Shew Marcinkiewicz. It is sometimes too bright (the best I can describe it) even for me. Eh, I'll go google for trumpet tone practice, or something now.