This post is in response to something on another thread but I didn't want to change the subject any more then it has been. I don't understand why a great trumpet player would play a trumpet, "stock off the shelf" I do understand the idea of different sounding trumpets but to go to the store and say "I'll take that one" just doesn't make sense to me. There are simple changes you can make that will make the trumpet play easier without changing the sound. Why not make the changes that work for you and still have the brand or sound that you want? If I were a great trumpet player and I wanted a Bach sound I would go to the factory and try a bunch of them or have them Make one for me.