Hi Manny: Got a question for you regarding the exciting topic of long tones. A couple of years ago I was taking group lessons at NYC Jazzmobile with Dr. Donald Byrd. He always stressed to the students in the class that the daily study of long tones was very important. However one day I was one on one with him and he said to me "You already have a beautifull and developed sound, you do not have to worry about doing all those long tones I talk about----Concentrate more on creating your own exercises instead of recreating those exercises found in the books". Work more on "making music". Just this weekend I heard an interview with the legendary Snooky Young----He talks about doing long tones like for an hour a day...everything else works after that, he claims. Mitch Jellen, a great trumpet player and teacher in NYC, tells me he only really does long tones when his chops don't feel right...as a way to get his center back. How do you view long tones...as a development exercise or something that should be in your daily trumpet diet? At your level of playing are they still part of your daily regimen? What type of long tones do you view as most effective? Thank you!