I went to see Leigh at Eclipse today to try some Trumpets. I am new to Trumpet playing, having spent most of my playing life on Cornet and latterly on Flugel, as I already have an Eclipse Cornet and Flugel and do not have any issues with either of them I decided the best way forward for me was to get an Eclipse trumpet, so I asked TrumpetMike, who is a Trumpet player and has a lot of experience with Eclipse Trumpets, for some advice and he steered me in the direction of a medium yellow Eclipse Trumpet. Well I arrived in Luton at about 12:20, immediately I got a cup of coffee made for me and then had a full explanation from Leigh as to the attributes of the various bells and leadpipes. If anyone out there is a little sceptical about the difference between leadpipe sizes then I can tell you that I was as well, but that scepticism has been completely silenced because there is a very noticable difference between the lead pipe sizes. I tried the medium yellow and then the medium red and although there was a difference between them and my Olds Recording trumpet I was not convinced it was enough, we then started playing with lead pipes and it soon became apparent that I was not complying with the norm, Liegh has a chart which shows what each lead pipe should do in respect of the sound colour, it turned out that I was pretty much opposite to what is normal, so we got to a 4T & 6T which produced a pretty decent full bodied rich sound but it still was not as easy a blow as I had been expecting, then we tried the large yellow bell with a 4T lead pipe and wow, how good can life get, this combination was so easy to play, just a slight breath into the instrument and it responded so well, piano up to C above the stave with no effort, beautifull full rich sound, not a Cornet sound but a full rich Trumpet sound that was so easy to produce and the Trumpet was just so reponsive. So we have settled on a Large Yellow with interchangeable lead pipes 6T, 4T and a 01 for outdoor or strong lead work, finish is raw so that I can work with the instrument for a few months before deciding on what finish I want, Laquer, Silver Plate or Gold. This is what the money covers, the service, the choice and an excellent hand made individual instrument that is made to suit you, I was with Leigh for two and a half hours and not once did it seem that I was taking up to much of his time. I asked the question if a lead pipe can make such a difference to a Trumpet could it also make the same difference to a Flugel, Leigh said that he had never been asked the question but he is going to play around with my Flugel lead pipes so that when I collect Trumpet I can try them and see what happens. I get it middle of April because I am away for a while but I will let you all know how it turns out. Keep up the good work Leigh.