Alright, so we have what we sound like when we play right? But what about when it comes to disiring to sound a certain way? I've heard players (Miles Davis is an example of this, as well as other jazz players, I have healrd the same with Gilbert Johnson) sound as though they are playing on another instrument (i.e., narrower, brighter, darker, all sorts of adjectives and variety) Surely gear has an impact on it, but what about the player? What if you wanted your sound to sound airy, or fat and big? I'm expecting many differently phrased answers along the same line; (This is the sum of what I have heard so far): "Focus on your sound before you play it, picture whatever your goal is, or even listen to a player that has that objective sound and player and keep your mindset on it" And that exactly is what I try, I try to sound "fat, dark" and will spend 30 minutes just working on one note, and then it happens! I get just about what I wanted! But then I take a break, pick up the horn later and- darn*, its gone; I sounded like I did before . My object is to alter my sound for a longer term. Some Examples I am very familiar with: Woody Shaw sounding dark on a Bach 180 37 bell (5c/7c) Art Farmer sounding like a flugel on a trumpet Arturo Sandoval sounding very blazing, forceful, masculine. Gilbert Johnson sounding as though he has a mute on when he doesnt, just very focused and dense core to his sound. How is it that they may accomplish that? I listen to other players, local, and I hear that they may sound with almost completely different depending on their approach? I understand that the player's emboucher/gear/setup impacts this but there is also a period of development i hear in some long term (Jazz Players) in which their tone on their instrument changes completely: Example: Jon Faddis from his work in the 1970s (JF&Oscar Peterson Album) to his most recent album (Teranga is it?) This is something that really interests me.