I'm a recent returning player of about 2 months. I think I've got enough of my chops back to start taking lessons. I have the '51 Olds Special that was my first trumpet, but I really loved the Connstellation I played in high school. I actually bought one on eBay, but ended up returning it because the valves were so bad.
I've kind of decided to get a Kanstul because; their factory is close enough for me to go to, Zig's reputation- I haven't found any complaints about their horns, the assortment of models, and finally, one of them is a copy of my beloved Connstellation. I just really like the idea of supporting someone who has been such a contributor to the industry.
My question is this;
Since I know I liked the Connstellation, should I get the 990 to learn on? (It also has the benefit of being one of their lower priced models.)
Try what they have (that I can afford) and buy whatever I like most to learn on?
Or should I keep playing the Olds, take some lessons, and then pick a horn?
I guess what I'm asking is how much did your tastes in trumpets change as you progressed? And would it be better to take lessons on the better trumpet, or develop my skills on the Olds and then step up?
There are so many threads that say the horn doesn't matter, but there are just as many where somebody gets a new horn and goes on about "It's so much easier to play and my tone is better than it's ever been and I've added three octaves to my upper range!"
If I am totally missing the boat on any of this, please feel free to let me know.