I've been an amateur Monette player since the late 80s and have noticed a pattern in the way different listeners perceive the Monette sound. Most trumpet players seem to prefer the sound of a Bach or other "conventional" horn to a Monette. Conversely, most other non-trumpet playing musicians (including numerous orchestra conductors) and lay people who have been given the opportunity to hear me play both back to back prefer the Monette. Trumpet players comment that the Monette sound is either too bright or too dark and not centered enough. Non trumpet players say the Monette sounds fuller, clearer and warmer. Any other Monette players notice this dichotomy? Tbere are obviously exceptions both ways, but this is what I've seen over the many years I've been playing Monettes (classical music only).