I'm using a Yamaha trumpet (silver... can't remember what model... it doesn't really say it flat out anywhere on the horn except maybe there's a model code somewhere on it), with a B2 Monette MP. My question is: assuming I get optimal sound, will the sound be closer to a full monette sound (monette trumpet with the mouthpiece) or will it be closer to a regular Yamaha silver trumpet sound with, say, a 1 1/4C mouthpiece? The reason I ask is because, well, I want to figure out what type of sound I want to reasonably emulate! Also, another note: if I feel like I use my top lip more than my bottom lip when I play, is that definitely a problem? Occasionally my top lip hurts a little after playing a lot, but not that often. Also, I'm a downstream player, if that's any help; you would think being downstream would increase the likelihood of using your lower lips a lot. This isn't a question about my air use, though for quite some time how I use my air is all I've been thinking about. But, I just realized the upper-lip thing about my embouchre recently. Edit: Okay, after reading a few things maybe it's a good thing to use a bit more upper lip. (for some reason i was thinking the opposite; 2/3 lower and 1/3 upper lip) My embouchure seems pretty normal, though. I play slightly off to the side of my lips, which is of course normal. Sometimes I worry I am not using the lower lip like I should. Do you ever feel tiredness or strain on your LOWER lip (your "cushion")? Because that never seems to be the case for me. Also, when I do pedal tones it seems like my front lip goes way forward particularly on the low C, even though it's supposed to be for developing your lower lips, isn't that right?