I admit I am among the most skeptical people out there when it comes to â€œmagicâ€ solutions to problems on the horn but this weekend was an eye opener. On Saturday I had the pleasure to meet Joel ( aka riff dog here on TM) and he was kind enough to let me blow a few notes on his stomvi elite piccolo so he and I could do a little side by side comparison of our two piccolo trumpets. The results? His stomvi with a PVA blew better than my stomvi with a Blackburn pipe. In every way you could imagine his horn came out on top. Now not that mine was a dog, but I dare say his horn made playing piccolo a pleasure. Time to pinch some pennies :wink: thanks joel!