Manny, I'm a comeback player and have been playing for about 9 months after taking 6 years off. I play principal trumpet in a local chamber orchestra and 2nd trumpet in the Community College Jazz ensemble. Right now I'm using an Amati C trumpet and a Marcinkiewics 1 with a symphonic backbore. I can currently afford to buy Monette mouthpieces for my Bb, C and Eb horns or buying a new C trumpet. Right now I'm not as consistant of a player as I want to be and I know a lot of this is due to being a comback player and continuing to work on mechanics. There are days where I can play Bach's Magnificat effortlessly and other days I struggle in the upper register. If I get the Monette mouthpieces first, I do have the advantage of going to the shop. I only live a 100 miles away.