I like the idea of us being in vogue again. It's about time ! I see a resurgance in trumpet players in the past couple of years. It is hard to sell them the right horn in my opinion. Maybe it's me that puts the '55 Holton or the Coprions above the King 600s and Bach TR300s. I see what people here say about student horns being easier to play for beginners....maybe there's merit to that. But, like Robin, Chinese shiney isn't necessarily better for little Johnny. On another note... I bought a 1978? Connstellation last night off Craigslist for $ 200. I know...I know. It went on eBay last night with a $ 525 reserve. People must love Connstellations because it has 93 views and 25 watchers in less than 24 hours. I reread my description and man I really kind of dogged it with my observation of the " defects ". At least I didn't bust in here and say " I want to give you all the first opportunity to purchase this fine instrument because it's important to me that it go to a loving home ". I'm wishing all the best of luck bringing classic horns back to life and into the hands of trumpet players.