Okay, I know this thread is going to get a lot of cynical and critical replys but I am trying to find out how I should go about working on my ability to play a good quality piccolo trumpet. I should mention that I have been playing trumpet about 40 years now and mostly done some R & B, Funk, Latin, Big Band, small combos, little studio work and more recently some latin / tejano music. During my own time and warm-up practices, I've been working on more classical and chamber music. Sort of getting back to the basics. I did the cheap route and bought a e-bay, chinese or indian horn and it has aweful sound and is just an expensive "toy". I recently went to a good music store and they had a brand new Yamaha 4-valve Piccolo Trumpet and they allowed me to play test it. I had a couple of my mouthpieces with me and I used them with little success in producing a quality tone. The store has a couple of brass instructors but none of them have any experience in playing a piccolo trumpet, so they were not of any help. Anyone have some basics or suggestions on what I could do and work on my own? I plan on investing some money into a quality horn like a Schilke P5-4 but would like to try and see if I get the opportunity to try out other horns and have a better feel for another brand and model. The Yamaha I played had a small bore about .421 and felt really "tight" as I attempted to play various scales up and down. Thanks in advance for the constructive suggestions and replies!