I just got back from the weekend events at the NTC. I must say Dr. Dennis Edelbrock has done another great job!! I did not see any of the competition, however the other events where top notch. I warn you, this is a long post The exhibits: About 8-10 stations with Doc and his new horns in another room. Many horns to play and toys to check out. I was the most impressed with the Yamaha table. Talking to Bob Malone about some of the new models in the works makes me want to start saving money now. I was able to play some of the new Xeno prototypes and a raw brass prototype of a "Chicago" Bb. Man they played nice. I was also very impressed with the 8310Z Shew Horn. I almost left the exhibits with a new one, but the promises of the new models made me want to wait. I was also impressed with the Shew flugel, very sweet sounding. The Chicago C trumpet played wonderfully, a rich full sound and a nice feel. Bob had some of the shorter slides at the show as well. If I made my living on the C horn I would have picked one up, but the two they had where for customers. I did however pick up a new 8445GS that I think will be just fine for me. I was surprised the silver plate version played with a richer sound than the laquer. I was over all most impressed with Yamaha, it was the only table that everything played excellently from the picc to the big horns. Plus many of the "big guys" are playing the Yamahas now and where around the booth. Schilke was there and had some nice horns, including some in gold plate. They also had a S22C that played very well, it had a solid sterling silver bell. Seems likeSchilke is going to be doing some experimenting under the new ownership. Cliff Blackburn was a freindly as ever and had his whole line out. Dont know why, but they didnt seem to play as well as I remember. He had a Bb that was great, and the Eb/D had a huge sound, but the others...........ok. Fred Powell had his Trumpet Tech info along with a few horns, they played very nicely. I look forward to his developments. He was very kind and spoke at length about his plans. Of course Selmer/Conn had a table, but I didnt spend to much time there. The guys at Dillons had a nice spread with many of their used horns. Good place to try alot of different horns. The Kanstuls played nice and they had some real nice schilkes. Good selection of Mouthpieces and other accesories as well. Stus Music from Westminster had a few tables with a nice array of horns. I have been freinds with Larry for several years and have bought all of my horns from him. They dont get much better than Larry. My new Xeno C came from Stus table. I hung around to even help him out a little. If you need a horn give him a call, he is a great guy to work with. I must also say my wonderful fiance got me a wolfpak 2.5 case..........I need a minute..I'm getting emotional.... Concerts: Atlantic Brass did a great job. group was well prepared and the trumpet players showed they could perform at such a venue. They performed at the exhibit area, which was kinda neat. The Army Blues with Doc Severenson, Vince DiMartino and Phil Smith. HOLY CRAP!! First of all the blue sound good. Their selection of tunes for themslves left something to be desired, but they performed as the polished group they are. The trumpet section was tight and clean, dont know if it was the hal but I could have used more lead. When Vince came out the blues lit up. His sound and tone are amazing. The Doc, who has a sound that is amazing for a 20 something let alone a 70 something, played some of his tonight show stuff. Honestly, I think to only other guy who could compete with Doc's sound is Vince. These two showed what is possible with an instrument. Made me want to practice, esp. since Vince plays the horn I was looking at (8310Z). One of the best times was when Phil Smith came out and Doc asked him to play some excerpts. Speaking fo sound, Phil has one of the most lush tones ever. Doc joked with him some and then Phil played a beautiful version of "Amazing Grace". I was surprised when I saw the concert was almost two hours long. I hope I can achieve 1/2 the sound these guys have. I think this was a great weekend for the trumpet world. I hope Dennis gains more and more support for this event. Soory for the long post.