One of the very best players I ever had the opportunity to play with and beside, and who taught me a lot, played on an old, beat up Bach Strad and a Bach 3C mouthpiece. Often I wondered why he never got a newer horn in better shape. I never really asked him, and maybe by now, he has done so. If there was ever a player who should have had a better horn based on what he could do with any horn he played, it was this guy. He was born to play the trumpet. But, on that old Strad, he could really play. Great sound, ability to play just about any style with ease, exceptional range, very solid technique in terms of articulation, accuracy, excellent intonation, flexibility, etc. Close your eyes and you would never guess it came out of that old Strad. Some people think that you can buy the ability to be a great player with money spent on equipment. Nope. Nice horns are nice horns, but until they get into the hands of a great player, they just sit still.