I have my dream horn, a gold-plated Wild Thing, with all eight slides, that outplays all the boutique horns I've ever tried from those other brands mentioned so far. Then again, tastes and preferences are soooo different for folks! That being said, I'm no longer looking. I'm sort of like a guy in a very happy marriage (which also applies) . . . when one is TOTALLY happy, they stop needing to look!!! I also concur with other past and present military bandsmen. In my Army band back in the '70s we also had our pick . . . of ANY available trumpet in our unit's supply room. OR . . . you could play your own. I was soon playing my own . . . an brand new, early LA Benge. I played a gig up around DC a few years ago with a trumpeter in the US Army Band in Washington. He was playing a gold-plated, new Schilke that the band bought him. He was able to choose what he wanted to play and the band worked with him to perfect the blow on his horn. Then again, he was a very top-shelf career musician (since retired) playing in a very top band. T.