I've been playing trumpet for about 2 years with my school`s Yamaha YTR 2335, and have been wanting to buy a trumpet of my own for about 6 months now. One of my friends in my jazz band has a Schilke MII and after trying it out, I was able to hit two notes above my usual range on my Yamaha(on MY mouthpiece), and the horn just felt so much more responsive. The Schilke has a reversed leadpipe and is also silver plated. I'm not sure whether the leadpipe or silver plating helped my playing. Any similar experiences? First post on TM! Thanks!