The overall level of trumpet playing in terms of technique has risen dramatically over the last 50 years IMHO. Whilst playing the Brandenburg was considered quite a feat 50 years ago, many conservatory students finish it off in their sleep (ok, that was a bit of an exaggeration). There are some players with superb techniques and who knows, in 100 years time, their technique may not seem so superb anymore. Yes, people still struggle to develop their technique but given enough time and correct practice most if not all can achieve the technique which was considered as 'virtuosic' many years ago. I think this is a trend with many other instruments as well. I've read somewhere that only about 10 pianists were able to play Liszt etudes at the time it was composed. And now, many conservatory students can play it. At this rate, lack of techniques will cease to be a factor in failing auditions but MUSICIANSHIP will be the main factor. I know that is the case in many situations already but it will become even more so right down to the very small community groups. What do you people think?