I just got back from the MMEA convention (Maryland Music Educators Association). There were some representatives from Yamaha, Jupitor, and Getzen - and a few of the music store representatives had a good line of trumpets. The best out of the 5/6 models I tried was the Yamaha XENO - It was the most free-blowing. It was awesome! The only problem is I didn't have my trumpet with me to compare! At least I had my mouthpiece...Any other thoughts on this instrument? Also, I forget which brand, but there is a brand that makes a trumpet with a bell like Dizzy Gillespies - that one seemed kind of funky to me. It played well when you play like him - but it was stuffy if you tried to play it in a proper position. Funny thing one of the vendors said when I mentioned a horn or two being & feeling 'stuffy' - He said that was for the high range. WHAT? For some reason, that makes no sense to me!