What is it that makes a particular instrument a good trumpet for you? I have been pondering this question in recent weeks. For me, it is sound quality first, followed by cleanliness of articulation, evenness and fine intonation across my entire range, excellent dynamics control, and general responsiveness.
I rotate between my three Bb trumpets, which receive far and away the most "face time" among the instruments in my little stable, and truly appreciate each of them. This week it is the 1952 Blessing Super Artist w/vintage Blessing 13 mouthpiece. Last week it was the 1972 Getzen Eterna Severinsen w/Blessing 3C mouthpiece. Prior to that it was the 2000 Strad 180S37 w/Bach 3C mouthpiece. You know, this old Blessing just may be the best combination for me that I have found so far. Along with the qualities I identified in the first paragraph, there is a sense of agility and confidence that it creates in me as I play that is simply a joy.
Perhaps surprisingly, this thread is not written to be some sort of promotion of old Blessing Super Artists. Rather it is an attempt to encourage you to analyze why it is that your favored trumpet/mouthpiece combination has become so. My preference could easily change as I continue learning and experimenting with mouthpieces and trumpets, but I am fairly confident it will be performance-based and not influenced overmuch by reputation.