I was going to start a poll about this topic, but just need more TM skill!
Others and I have made the point that a trumpet playing experience consists of three basic elements: player, trumpet, and mouthpiece, and that, within reason concerning gear, the player is way more important than the other two. So how much more? And how much do the trumpet and mouthpiece contribute? Does the percent contribution for trumpet and mouthpiece change from player to player?
Why am I asking these questions? Well, we may be able to develop a certain consensus-based sense of scale that could be useful to nearly all of us, but especially so for beginners and comebackers. For instance, we may learn that so long as gear represents reasonable quality we might expect it to contribute maybe 10% to the playing experience. A beginner/comebacker might consider what we develop and back away from taking the plunge on the latest gee-whiz razzle-dazzle trumpet/mouthpiece combo. Or he/she may consider what we write and decide that improvement associated with new gear is worth every penny of required investment.
If you are bold enough to reply to this thread, I would like to politely challenge you to try to be as objective as you can, and not worry about identifying any particular gear combo that might compel you to defend choices made. My own present sense, based upon experimenting with thirty or so trumpet/mouthpiece combinations follows:
- Player, 90%
- Trumpet, 4%
- Mouthpiece, 6%
So...what do you think?
As an aside, my resident critic (wife), in response to my questions about how I sound with this or that combination replies in good faith that I sound like I am playing a trumpet.