I've only been playing for about 10 months, I'm a music major in college (Piano/Comp) and I'm a dedicated trumpet practicer and am now playing in the concert and pep bands. Point is, I'm really into it! I am using an Olds Ambassador from the Fullerton factory--yes, it's quite fun to play after trying a Bach Mercedes II for a few weeks back in January. My question is, when is a good time to upgrade? I'd really like a higher-end trumpet for Christmas, and I think it could happen (with my own money of course), but I'm wondering if it would be a bad idea. I am making great progress, but then again, I'm still only a 10 month old player. Is an $800 Bach Strad or F. Schmidt not going to be a good investment just yet? I know I'm not at this point yet, but at what point do you know you've 'outgrown' your instrument's ability to help you play better?