I said that I would report back to TM.
My disclaimer, I already know that no mouthpiece or instrument magically compensates for poor technique or musicianship; Now, on to my Monetteexperience. I visited the factory on my Birthday, got a tour, and actually got to meet Dave Monette. Everyone (Jeff and Jason) was wonderful.
I had the opportunity to play Wynton Marsalis’ actual trumpet in the shop (as seen on their videos), while Jason helped me to select a new mouthpiece. First, the trumpet was so very free bowing and beautiful sounding; it resonated with so little effort. Yes, I could play with much less effort, too.
Switching back-and-forth between different mouthpieces and getting feedback from Jason, I felt that one was particularly correct for me. It just happens to be the same model that Adam Rappa uses. I was using a Mt.Vernon 3C with no real desire to change per se. It was all for the birthday experience and pure fun. However, from that moment on, I have never looked back and have not used my Mt Vernon 3C again. The new Monette mouthpiece ended up feeling like a perfect match and I have been happy ever since. To be sure, whatever issues I had before, still exist. There is no magic. But, there is a comfort level and ease of use that did not exist on my previous mouthpiece.
For me, it was the experience of a life-time. The detailed tour got me to appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of the horns up close. And, one day, if I save my pennies, I may even be able to purchase a horn. It would be well worth it “to me”. You have to play one to understand, I guess.