A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to win the Eclipse trumpet that Leigh McKinney so kindly offered as a prize in his contest. I've logged several hundred hours of playing time on it by now, and I just wanted to say, blowing that trumpet may be about as close to heaven as a person can get on earth. The sound is simply amazing, not to mention the response and intonation. Recently I was invited to join a community band in a neighboring town by an old trumpet playing buddy of mine. This fellow had heard about the Eclipse, but had never seen it or played one. He owns and plays a vintage Bach Strad and a Schilke. He played my Eclipse for about 15 seconds and got the most gorgeous sound he had ever gotten on a horn. He surely got the most beautiful sound I've ever heard him get on a horn, and I've spent many hours playing next to him. He isn't a pro, but he sat first chair at Texas Allstate his senior year in high school and went to college (U. of Texas I think) on a full trumpet scholarship. He's not a slouch by any means. He started smiling too broadly to keep playing after just a few phrases and the first thing he said when the horn left his lips was, "Wow! I want one just like it!" Words are just words. There is a limit to how much information one can share with just words. In order to really know what an Eclipse is all about, you really have to play one.