I have been a "Bach" basher for years, having owned 5 or 6 strads in the last 20+ years and always being disapointed after the newness wore off. I have owned a Mt. Vernon since last Dec. and am still in love with it. a couple of months ago I bought a couple of Monette mouthpieces and they feel and sound good to me. well last night after reh. the sound man came up to me and said he loved my "rich" sound. talk about making an old man feel good. I believe that I may have stumbled across the right set up for me ( Manny helped a bit with the mouthpiece advice-give credit where credit is due). I firmly believe there are good and bad of any product, it just took me a while to find a good Bach. so---- guys when you are busy bashing a big name product always consider different not all horns of a certain brand are bad just as all horns of a certain brand are good. old geezer Dave my trusty Benge 2 MLP works a lot better for big band for me, and I am using a Monette B5 LD with it.