This post is to pass on a small relevation and eat some humble pie. I was always skeptical about comments made on TM (most often by Rowuk) that a trumpet player does not really know what they sound like out front. Today I decided to test what I sound like on each of the 10 mouthpieces I own by recording myself with a high quality microphone playing the same extract on each of them. I discovered that a mthpiece I bought for lead playing, which I was reluctant to play in public because it sounded to edgy and thin to my ears, actually had one of the best sounding tones, slightly dark and very rich (Denis Wick 3E, size equivalent to VB2E if there is such a thing). First equal with a slightly mellower but still rich sound was my VB7C. Anyway, this proved to me that whether you're testing a mthpiece or a trumpet for sound, what you hear from behind the horn is not what the audience hears. At best, if a room has some reverb, you hear a blend of a little of what they hear with a lot your "behind the horn sound." For those interested my 10 pieces were: VB11/2C, 7C, 7CW, 7E, 7EW, Cannonball 3C, Schilke 10B4 and 17D4, DW-MM4C It's a really worthwhile exercise to record yourself when testing horns or mouthpieces for tone, or get someone else to listen.