The comment about Rowuk was over the top. Comments likethat are tasteless but often made flipantly in the US, without understanding the true implications. Being he is in Germany, it would likely be taken completely differently. Guess in my own head I was just filtering out what was being saidabout the Monette company with the idea that such is common when you start comparing extremely expensive to the high norm (i.e., a Rolls Royce to a top Toyota etc.) The part of the thread that I was interested in was the idea that Monette horns sounded differently and might one day redefine the sound of the trumpet. I know that I have heard from some very experienced trumpet players and builders that Yamaha horns sound differently. One went so far as making the comment that "Yamaha horns are redefining what we mean by the sound of a trumpet." All this being said in the context that most horns were trying to copy or build off of the sound of a French Besson.