Hi Jim, I've been playing Bach Strads for more than 25 years and don't have any need to change brands. I've strayed with other vintage horns, and I own some nice ones that are fun to play, but when it really matters, I always go back to the Bachs. I'm a 3C guy on trumpet, too, and have recently discovered the Curry 3C., which I like better than the vintage Bach 3C I've played for all these years. Anyway, my Bachs (Bb 43, C 239, and Bb 184G) all have that core sound we love, great slotting and intonation, and just a general security in playing that lets you concentrate on style and musicality. Hope your 30 day trial period comes out well.