It's been about six and a half years since I began playing the trumpet, and all these years on my Yamaha YTR-200AD student model. I feel I've nearly reached the pinnacle of what I can do on this model, and upgrading will give me a tremendous boost on my abilities for future university band camps and college. I previously tried out a Jean Paul TR-430 "intermediate" trumpet, but I didn't seem to be making any headway with it after around two weeks (plus, it was only $299.95 on Amazon, so...).
So, for the past several weeks, I've done research on what the best intermediate models out there are. It rounded down to these five brands/models:
I.) King Silver Flair
II.) Stomvi Zenith
III.) Bach TR200
IV.) Getzen 590/590-S Capri or Eterna Series models
V.) Yamaha YTR-4325 or Yamaha YTR-4335GII
I formerly considered the Yamaha model(s), as I would hardly need to familiarize myself with a new model of the same brand, but my mind's now more on the 590 Capri, because of its (rumored) silky-smooth valves and its first-valve trigger for greater ease of low C#/D intonation. At this point, cost is almost completely eliminated as an issue, so the only concern is if the general best model is in silver lacquer finish (I don't prefer silver as much as the next guy, but I'll take what I can get).
Thus, my final question: what do you guys think is the brand that would pay off the most among these five? Feel free to consider any brands outside of this, all opinions are accepted, and there's no wrong answers. Thanks. :)
Yamaha YTR-200AD Student Model
Mendini MPT-L Pocket Trumpet
Yamaha 11B4 (default)
Yamaha 7A4 GP Heavyweight Custom Series