Believe it or not, that's what someone actually said to me this week as I was filling in for a local college concert (they were short on trumpets). The other gentleman was also filling in, and is notoriously pro-Chicago everything. He's a trombone player mostly, but does well enough with trumpet that he can fill in when needed. If you knew this guy, you'd know that the Chicago symphony brass section is the epitome of perfection (PRE-Monette horns) and all others are merely imposters. So we got to talking about my experience with Manny and how I felt that ML is perhaps one of the top orchestral trumpet players in the country today. This guy looked at me like I had just smoked something foul. "Oh, no way Rich," he exclaimes. "YOU'VE got better tone than Manny has...he should take lessons from YOU." Now...I won't even go into just how stupid and rediculous a comment that was! ML has heard me play and is probably grabbling for his jaw right now (which has no doubt landed firmly on the floor after that statement). Warren, Greg, ML, and myself all realize how outrageous that was, and at least two of us know it's entirely because this person's love-fest and bias for all things Chicago, but I don't care. In grand Chartrand tradition, I am officially going to run with this guy's comment and proudly proclaim that I sound better than Manny when I play!! Worship my folks! I am the master of lyrical sweet tones!!