I play a Bach 5B. My trumpet is somewhat bright, but... well, I'd like a brighter sound. (I'm a classical player) Do you think an equipment change might help somewhat? (I'm accustomed more to deep mouthpieces) Or, perhaps a better idea is to change something in my practice habits or type of music I pay attention to? I'm not sure merely striving for a "better" sound will help it get any more bright, because there are many kinds of good trumpet sounds...
EDIT: I was searching around and I found advice from rowuk that it wastes energy to fight your equipment tendencies.... that's common sense, but sometimes I have doubts about what I feel is right. Looks like I'll seriously need to figure out the equipment that's best for me. I've previously experimented with mouthpieces before, but back then I WANTED a darker sound.... how times have changed.
Also, are there any good exercise to improve single-tonguing control in various dynamics and ranges? I particularly have trouble tonguing perfectly in control when I'm playing fortissimo. In band when I'm required to play loud, short notes (when they pop up sporadically) I either SMACK them when I use wind power, or it's not loud enough when I try to strike the notes just right.