I've always leaned towards a dark sound, well for anything that wasn't marching or jazz (though even then often dark as well). I've often prided myself in having such a "pleasing" mellow and dark tone (well, to me... that's part of my problem/question). I especially like my sound on louder passages in that middle range around the top of the staff. I feel like it's a large sound without being shrill or edgy at all. Somewhere in that ground between bright trumpet and cornet. However, too high or too soft and there sometimes isn't enough voice to cut through clearly (and that applies to solo performances too). I recently listened to myself on a recording, and I was longing for that "brilliant" trumpet sound in what I heard. Perhaps the recording equipment/venue/process had played a large role, but since I've always strived towards that tone I did have to ask myself if I had gone too far. I made the move early in elementary from 7c to 5c, then in junior high I started on a Warburton 4D/8. I played that until college, when I wanted an even "fuller" and darker tone and moved to a Warburton 3D. I still use the 3D and 4D interchangably depending on what I'm playing, and there is a very obvious difference to me in the sound I get. What are your thoughts on this? Does losing the brilliance of the trumpet lose the better qualities of the instrument? I guess some might say why not just play a cornet. I've heard a lot of players that were just too edgy, where the sound just got difficult to listen too when the volume was cranked up, and I want to stay away from that. Any suggestions on how to add a little brilliance to the middle of the range and softer passages without ruining the mid-upper range forte beauty that I like? I know there are endless threads on mouthpieces, and a seperate forum for that, and I suppose I could start another thread asking essentially the same thing, but in the spirit of cutting down on cross posting any thoughts on my mouthpiece choice and/or alternatives I might be interested in trying would be appreciated as well.