I ask becuase I would basicly like to know not for any serious reason. If you look at some artist's they where very loyal to one specific brand more then any other while some jump from company to company often. SOme end up with COmpanies that I would not imagine to have deep pocket's while some are with huge companies???? For Instance Maynard Furgison was a COnn guy for a while but he was a Holton guy for a long long time! I suspect if Leblanc had not purchased Holton he probably would have stayed. Today He plays nothing but Monette I believe. So he has been fairly steady considering his long Carreer. Wasn't Dizzy a Martin COmmetti guy for a long long time even after they where bought out??? I would imagine that the larger Companies like Holton would have had deep pockets but Monette I would imagine does not. So what is it that is the main factor for an artist decideing to partner up with a company??? Is it cash or is it the sound of the instrument or is it perk's like special trumpets hand made just for them etc???????? Thanks guys??? I know as a teen ager I was an amature skate boarder and I neveer got any big money from my sponsor's I got gear and my expense's like hotels and food picked up and when I one or placed int he top 10 I got a little bit of bonus cash but it was never much. It was mostly the gear and the proffesional serviceing of my gear. Nothing was ever made for me I was not that high up the food chain. So I wounder if it works much the same with being a Company Artist etc.....?????