Well, firstly, I know that much of my limitation is coming from me and practice will surely ameliorate some of my pain. But, I've been listening to some folks play on somewhat more expensive pieces and they sound beautiful and I sound like crap. We don't have any stores around these parts that stock good horns. Maybe when I get to the city I'll be able to have a try. Anyway, just how much difference does it make? I've been told (and read) that the 275 is just not a really good horn. Maybe I should consider upgrading?