I realize I already posted the following in the thread in the Cage, however, I thought that I would start another thread and detail my thoughts and review of the Bob Reeves Valve Alignment that I had done on my Schilke B6. I just didn't think that too many folks would read a review posted in page 10 of a Cage thread. And can we please try to keep this one from getting dumped in the Cage? Also, if anyone else wants to review their personal experiences and impressions about their PVA here in this thread, by all means, please do. I only got my trumpet back last night, and I'll know more after I have had the chance to wring it out on a gig or two, but here are my initial impressions: ******************************************************* Posted last night: I got my Schilke back from Bob Reeves today after sending it out for a Valve Alignment. Here were the results according to the card. I'll list the valves in order, and the top number will be the upstroke, the bottom number will be the downstroke. Postive numbers indicate that the valve was too high, negative numbers indicate that it was too low. 1st Valve -.005 Upstroke -.006 downstroke 2nd Valve -.009 upstroke .026 downstroke 3rd valve -.011 upstroke .020 downstroke What does this mean? Well, the difference between a ML and LB Bach Strad is what, .003 of an inch? (ML is.459, LB is .462) When you consider it that way, .026 of an inch is a pretty big difference. I played it a bit and after not having had it for nearly two weeks (anyone who believes 3 day shipping is really 3 day shipping is deluded) it's hard to say - I have practiced a bit, but not too much because I didn't want to get used to my Strad again - a horn that plays completely different than my Schilke. My instant impressions are this: it seems more open, but in a good way, although initially tuning C seemed a bit funky, almost like it didn't want to center. This might be because now that the horn is supposedly more open, I no longer need to pull the tuning slide quite so far, so I pushed it in a bit, and that actually seemed to help things. Does that sound strange? (Update - I went back down after taking short break to read with my 8 year old daughter - I LOVE doing that! - and I had no problems getting ANYTHING to center. This trumpet is the the most centered, best responding trumpet I have ever owned.) Anyway, I'll continue to wring it out and report back on my impressions. I have a gig on Thursday night, and again on Saturday, so the proof of the pudding will be in the eating - i.e. if it blows better on the gig, the expense will have been worth it. One last thing, just screwing around a bit, I took some stuff up. I have always had issues with getting the G above high C to center, especially since that is the max of my practice room range. It popped right away tonight, as did anything else I went for above high C. More later.