Trends: screecher mouthpieces, heavy-blank mouthpieces, stripped-blank mouthpieces, Bb or C?, Raw brass-laquer-silver?, heavyweight and lightweight. Who do these trends follow-the pro or the amatuer? I've noticed that Yamaha's new artist series horns have bells that when built with the variable thickness, tends to be a lighterweight horn. John Hagstrom even says the the Chicago model is lighter. We all know that lightweight Bach's, Yamaha's, Schilke's (I'm excluding Monette from this discussion for a reason) are easier to shade the sound as opposed to the heavyweights. However, most students and amatuers prefer the heavier horns because they haven't yet developed the finesse that the top pros do. I understand that the most pros don't want to fight a horn to get different colors and with their finesse, they have ability to ensure that a light horn doesn't spread the sound out. For example, when I was in college, I played a 239H C and a 43 Bb. I never played my 43 for any classical playing as it was too bright. As I've gotten older and (like most players who continue to mature) the core to my sound is getting more solid. As a result, the 43 bell isn't too bright anymore. In fact it sounds like the same broad, clear, crisp sound that comes out of my 229GH C (my current C). And like the C tpt, the ease of color shading is as easy. The US Army purchased a new set of 72*'s for our section, but I am reluctant to use it for quintet or concert band. Although lightweight in nature, the sound is too dark for classical (sounds incredible for my lead playing though!) So, I would like to open this up for discussion: Who is experiencing this phenomenon of being able to control lighter horns better? Do you think this is a cause of horns being manufactured to sound a particular way or are more players getting solid enough to sound the same on every horn if they want to? Is there a trend beginning of lighter horns and if so, who will benefit? You all on TM are great posters, so I am looking forward to some interesting discussion!