It's that time of year again. . . time for "Sleigh Ride." I haven't played the tune since I was in high school, but I'm excited to be playing it again with my community band. I've got the horse whinny at the end, which I'm excited about too. I've got a pretty good idea on the technique (valves halfway down, shake horn to and fro), and I understand a good whinny is based largely on feel. Is there any more to it than that? Another trumpet player in my band thinks the horse whinny is easier to do on an older horn that doesn't slot as tightly as my Yamaha does. Is there necessarily any truth to that? I think I can do it just fine on the Yamaha, but there's not much of a sweetspot with the valves halfway down. Would an older horn have a larger sweetspot? I searched the forum, but all I found were a couple tips on technique.