Well, I can only talk for myself, but basically, I've used my Omega for everything. When I got it, my parents had the choice between the Omega and the standard run of the mill Strad ( I think the difference was 6 or 700 dollars). The thing that swung us to the Omega was that my parents didn't really know how committed I was to the trumpet. I didn't either. So it seemed a bit more logical to go with the Omega, which still had a very good tone and the excellent Strad valve body considering it's intermediate status. I've played everything from stand trash on Friday night football games, to jazz solos, to concertos, to marching with the Aggie band (I kinda put that in a separate category; long, long story). In my opinion, if a person is unsure if they really want to play the trumpet, want to keep the cost low, but still want a quality horn, the Omega is a great trumpet. In all actuality, it really was my first trumpet after moving up from my ambassador cornet. Oh, and pro horns, lessee.... Kanstul 1500 (which I intend to purchase this summer) Conn V1 Bach Strad (37) Yamaha Xeno Schilke S32 Beginner horns?Hmm... Bach Omega (like you couldn't see THAT one coming) Olds Ambassador Holton T602 (this one is pushing it, but I think it fits) Bach TS300 and that's all I can think of right now.