Hey guys, Last time I had posted was back when I was in Queensland Australia. I had a few forum members try to show me how to make my Embouchure etc... I was the owner of the Stomvi Mambo 5 trumpet 3-4 years ago. I couldn't afford the Classica back then which is the one I wanted. To refresh your memory it is found here: http://www.trumpetmaster.com/vb/f139/stomvi-update-54738.html I haven't been around since Queensland as I started singing and last week bought a Saxophone as I thought that is the ultimate 'romantic' sound I wanted. Sold all my gear including my mambo 5. But the inevitable happened. 1 week after owning Saxophone, I had sold my Student Cornet Besson 1000. The man that bought the Cornet played a few things and I was like 'hmmm' cause I liked the sound of it. Then he told me he has a brass band and to top it off, was part of the same church I am a part of. Then i really felt 'inferior' with my sax in the boot because its like... You go to my church, you have a brass band and I cant play in it because I'm now stuck with this sax! Next morning I rang up the shop I got it from and asked if I could by any chance return it. He asked me if it was perfect still, I said yes, he said bring it down. I brought it to the store, he checked it all over, and I ended up with a trumpet again! Now I own the Stomvi Classica which is a SUPERB horn compare to the Mambo 5 I had. Absolutely love it. The sound just seems to stick together higher up. It is more solid in its sound. Now I can also join that brass band! Guess I am a trumpet player and so I am back! After seeing how long you need to set up a sax for (get the neck out, put it in, get the mouth piece out, lick the reed, put the reed on correctly, add the ligature, finally turn the screws, then finally stick it on the neck of the sax, and then finally put neck strap over and connect it, and THEN finally able to play)... BAH forget that. By the time I get that together I could have played 2 songs on the trumpet. The trumpet also can play sweet beautiful music that sax can play but it also plays royal/baroque music that a sax can NOT play. So I find trumpet much more versatile. Reeds you buy a box for $60 you get 10 pieces. On going cost for life, you never have a consistent sound because most reeds wont sound as good as one of the reeds in the box, so 90% of the playing wont sound how u want and 10% will because one reed was good. With trumpet, you pay $80 for a mouthpiece (or 300 like that Monette B2S2 I had) and it lasts for life and the sound is always consistent as its brass not wood. Then with sax you gotta lick the reed non stop, so what crap you put on it today, tomorrow you re-lick and I know wood absorbs stuff into itself. YUCK! Brass mouthpiece = Wash and perfect. Trumpets in EVERY way legendary. I also find it very comfortable to hold. Just pull it out stick mouthpiece in and play, no mucking around for 5 min. Also More trumpet sections in orchestra to play, can join brass band (which sounds absolutely Kingly) which you cant with sax. Sax service fees cost a LOT more as well. AND which I forgot to mention, I can play around with hundreds of different mutes for different sounds and to simply play quiet while sax again I dont think is possible as sound goes out the buttons as well as the horn. This also means trumpet is overall louder as all the frequencies go through the horn and thus all are amplified. So Trumpet is just perfect. I did want to ask however... I plan to attend a conservatorium and do my grades so that I can get serious about my playing and become a professionally skilled player. I am near Bathurst New South Wales in Australia. Does anyone know if there are good brass teachers out west here (west of Sydney) at the conservatory? I really need someone technical, for correct breathing, correct embouchure etc. Not some 'im learning myself' teacher trying to teach but themselves are learning. Here are pictures of my new joy!