My first horn was actually my brother's cornet... a King, I think. I played violin and he played cornet, but he WAS my brother, so his stuff was mine also, and I played his cornet from time to time. Then we moved to the mountains of VA and there was no string program, so I picked French Horn. About that time he got his first trumpet, a very fine large bore Selmer Radial 2. My senior year in high school I borrowed a trumpet from somebody (don't remember all these years later) in marching band where I played most stuff up an octave and earned the nickname "iron chops" from our director. Then in college (still a Horn Player as a Major) I bought MY first trumpet (thought I'd never get there, didn't you) a Conn 6B. Since then many many more along the way. Traded the 6B in on a Bach Strad. Great horns both. The Strad was stolen out of my car a few months later. Only those who have had horns stolen can understand the rage and frustration.