I am thinking aloud here and would be interested in readers comments: OK, my main Bb trumpet is 14 years old. Works fine but I find its a bit tighter than I would like (ML Yamaha 6335HS). I play it mainly in an orchestra these days. My criteria are that it needs to work for symphonic and light music repertoire. i.e. it needs a lot of weight to the sound, but the ability to add edge without overblowing, while at the same time having low resistance. As I see it I have a few options: 1. Look at the current Xeno range which has addressed some of this (I can definitley try these out easily so will make the trip to the shop). 2. Look at a Bach 43 (I never thought I would go back to bach but it looks possible as I met someone who had one and it made a nice sound). 3. Get Denis Wedgwood to make me a trumpet to match the cornet I got from him (I am concerned it may be far too open a blow at .484 bore). 4. Wild thing: have spoken to the UK rep but some difficulty getting a blow on one and he is over 500 miles from me (and not near an airport) so its not an easy day trip. There is another strategy open to me: Play rotary in the orchestra (which I do on Germanic type music already) and buy a Bb piston valve trumpet which would suit lighter, modern orchestral repertoire. I did consider making the pilgrimage to Portland, Oregon, but schedule wise its not easy, the return flight costs more than a Bach strad and I would need to wait a year for the instrument. Not sure about the eclipse system because of what it does to the geometry of the bell, plus the difficulty of cleaning the front tuning slide area if it doesn't come out. The instrument would need to be spectacular to get round these objections. Contrary to popular belief I have never owned that many instruments. Some have been direct model for model replacements and I only have three Bb trumpets (one a collectors item)! What about doing something off the wall and trying a Zeus Olympus? Would be interesting to try one and if it didnt work out I would get most of my cash back by selling it (thats what I tell my wife anyway). So, any thoughts on the above?