Ok, My big thing is that people get caught up in the gear to much and give far too much credit to the gear then the musician. When I was in School no one even dreamed about playing a Bach Strad since all of my fellow students where Army Brat's too and that wasnot part of our reality. We never let it stop us from winning Festivals or from geting schalorships to private Catholic Schools and the like! When I first started to get back in to the trumpet world I was turned off by how snopish and eliteist things seem to be.So part of my disdain is just for the nature of what the trumpet community online seems to have become. In fact it never got in the way of anyone I knew getting a Scholarship or partial ride in college either. Now my take onthe Bach Strad's is that they are great instruments and sound wounderful int he hands of a talented musician. I do not like the fact that they are not remotely like the horns that made the name famious. First nothing like borrowing a family name famious for makeing string instruments that rival the best of today's for a brasswind instrument????? On top of that the Bach Strad's of today are not made like the Bach Strad's of the Mont Vernon era and do not sound like them either.It is not unlike General Motor's takeing their Impala SS name from their rear wheel drive 496 cubic inch V8 muscle car's and placeing that name on a Front wheel drive V6 and I4 powered family sedan. While both vechiles do what they where designed to do they are nothing alike. The factory is different, different location, different people working the factory, different materials, different design, less handcrafted part's, no-union, higher price tag etc.............Had they called it anything else other then Bach Strad I would not have ever had an issue with them at all. My issue is not with the instrument so much as the eliteist snob like atmosphere that seems to be takeing over the trumpet world. In fact can you imagine how un-cool it would have been if Yamaha had called their Xeno which is basicly their attempt to copy a Bach Strad a Yamaha Stradavarius????In a way that is what the Bach is. It is really a Bach in name alone and nothing else. That does not take away from it's wounderful sound and build it just makes it fake in my eye's. Luckily for Bach my opinion does not count for much.LOL I just did not want anyone to think I hate Bach's or Bach Strad's for that matter I just do not lust after them. I would rather have a Gold Plated Vega then a Bach Strad. Different strokes for different folk's! In the end it is all good. Oh and if I come off as short that is just my writeing style. I preety much approach everything with a smile on my face and a Sam Adams in my left hand!LOL I do not write well especialy in English so I try to keep my sentences simple and short and I have been told that makes it sound like I am made or angry when in fact I am laughing as I type most things online!!!