Well, went to the Messe yesterday and had a real good time... actually got to meet Felix from New York Trumpet Company and played all the horns he had on display there. These were my impressions. First off, I picked up the Phaeton and found it to be a really even playing horn. I was pretty impressed with it off the bat and from the 2 I played I think they are going to do quite well if people get the chance to play on them like I did... The fit and finish reminded me alot of Leigh's work actually (maybe that's why I played those first) and played really nicely in tune from the bottom to as high as I cared to play in his booth (high c). Really impressed. He also had a few Eclipses, and surprisingly, some new Olds on display. The Olds played pretty nice and I was pleasantly surprised at the intonation and valves on them. Nice horns. I then went straight over to the Inderbinen stand and played some of their weird lookin horns just to see what the deal was. Every horn Inderbinen had played remarkably even and weren't overbearingly dark, but I couldn't get over the looks and weight. Really heavy, and really weird coatings and bracing everywhere... I wasn't a fan of the looks but they did play very well. The Bachs played like Bachs (I like Bachs) and the Kanstuls played like Kanstuls (I also like Kanstuls) but the biggest surprise for me were the Amati horns. After having played so many other professional and handmade horns Mike (freshbrewed) and I decided that we would play a game called "How bad can they play" and we went in search of the traditionally "bad" playing horns ie... Amati, Chinese horns... etc... The chinese horns were really bad.... I can honestly say that. However, the Amati's played really well! I had to tear myself away from the professional line Amati Bb because I was in danger of buying one for the value alone. If you get the chance I'd really recommend trying one of these just to see. If I had to, I'd say they play alot like the Kanstul horns. These were the major stands I visited... I won't say anything bad about some of the other horns I'd played just because I don't wanna offend anyone but there were a few funky ideas out there that I really didn't like ie... dimple brass bells... imbedded gems and stuff... really weird. Oh, and I'd recommend checkin out the new BAM cases... they are soon releasing a trumpet case with an almost carbon fiber like shell and if the trombone cases were any indication, they are super light, super strong and really slick lookin. I'll probably buy one. Also, check out Soundwear Cases. These things are hand built in Erlangen Germany (bout 20 minutes from me) and they are some really cool flight cases that fit 2 horns and a flugel in a small carryon sized case with a ton of storage room... Mike and I are going to visit the shop on Saturday. Anyway that was my day, I'm sure Leigh and Gary will have more to add. Later. -Jarrett Oh, I'd give an impression of the Eclipses, but you can get that anytime... I've probably played about 20 of them.