Hi all, I am a bit of a collector of things I like and I came across a very good deal on an old B&H Westminster (Imported) model. The person selling it was local knowing nothing about brass. Anyway, as the price offered I negotiated a little and was happy so got it. I have a John Packer 371 cornet with Smith Watkins lead pipe with a large bore which is what I normally play and find this has a lovely broad sound and is very free flowing. I do however have a poor ish range on it. This is lacquered brass. I also have an Elkhart 100 which my son now uses. I had this to start with when I getting back into playing. Although ok I was not keen on it and found it stuffy and restrictive. Also was not keen on the sound in comparison to the JP. This one is also lacquered brass. The one I have picked up today, the B&H Westminster feels nice to play. It is certainly less free flowing than the JP however is not stuffy. Instantly my range has increased and it sounds nice although not as mellow or dark as the JP. This one is silver. It is lighter and simple like no first or third triggers etc. Anyway, is it me, the instrument, what characteristics make up what? Probably not the best way of phrasing the question as not sure what I am asking. Is there an optimal instrument for an individual set up wise? I have just found the differences interesting as a newb ish.