Back in 1972 my very first trumpet was a B&M Champion and cost £26. I had a chance to play one of these trumpets again recently and was amazed by how good it was. The one I tried was beat up (crumply bell and sticky valves) but the intonation seemed pretty good and it felt really open. Didn't get a chance to try it in ensemble, so I don't know whether I'd be fighting with it to make it sit right in the chord but playing it was a real eye opener. Anyone else have fond (or not so fond!) memories of their first instrument?