There are a lot of threads on here about the right equipment. For years I played a Bach ML 37. When I bought it, that was the trumpet for me. I thought mine was better than everybody else's trumpet. You know, all Bach trumpets play differently and I got the one they made the right way. After years of playing on it I started hating it. Then I bought a Monette. Dave is a master trumpet builder and if there were problems, it had to be on my end, right? You know, I don't play on that trumpet anymore. I still play on a Monette, just not that one. I went to a students house the other day. He pulled out his new (used) Bach 37. The first thing I noticed was that my mouthpiece bottomed out. I could tighten it in there but it's obvious that the gap needs adjusting. I played the trumpet and "surprise" it played OK. Our bodies are constantly changing. We are just as big a part of the equation as the trumpet. I played a job a while back. I was playing first and the guy playing second was a guy I have known for years. Usually he plays first. I don't remember why but, I didn't have the Monette and I was using my Bach. The second player told me he thought I sounded better on the Bach. Is it all perception? The second player was using a Getsen Eterna with a shallow Jet Tone. We were playing for an outdoor concert with a pops band. I guess what I'm trying to say is: Questions like, I'm going to get a Monette, what do you guys think? or, I use a LOUD mouthpiece do you all want one? or, Will playing the Bach get me into the NY Phil? are not answerable. Just play, Play what is comfortable and works for you..