Quote Originally Posted by edcon1981 View Post
thanx rowuk. looks like i have some research to do. problem is not many places will let you take a horn that doesn't belong to you out in the field for a test drive.

what you say makes sense, i could go out and buy the most expensive horn but it wouldn't do me any good if i couldn't get along with it.
I know of very few trumpet players that won't let someone try their horn if they make a decent first impression. Take your time and beg any and everybody. Go to music stores and tell them that you are looking but will not buy today. If you find one that is good, see if you can rent it for a while. Take notes!

The other possibility is to buy used and cheap in ebay and resell (or collect......)