Last night after my orchestra rehearsal I was given the priviledge to try out a vintage Bach ,Stradivarius trumpet that was from the 1950's. Upon playing this horn I noticed something that was just puzzling to me. Firstly this particular horns valves were like butter, in fact, it was the best valve action I had ever dealt with even on some of todays newer horns. Secondly this horn was very freeblowing, so freeblowing that it even felt easier to play than my own Yamaha 8335RGS, which up to that point was the most freeblowing I had ever played on. Back in the 1990's I had a Bach Stradivarius that was made around the 1990s and it was nowhere near as easy to play nor did it sound so sweet to play. My question is just what did those designers back during those days do those particular horns that make them so sweet and a blessing to play? You would think that with today's technology they could create something that would just trump all that but as it would seem that just isn't the case. I am truly convinced that they do not make them like they used to. Any comments?