I've really appreciated this forum since it was formed, out of the ashes of Trumpetmaster.com. I was very happy so many users were able to find their way here.
Obviously, there is very little activity here these days. I figured, for those few who persist in reading everything being posted here, we could take a minute to pitch ideas for what to do next.
First off, what's the competition, i.e. where is everyone now?
I've noticed there is a lot of traffic on some popular trumpet-related Facebook groups, like Positive Trumpeters Worldwide. Personally, I really dislike the Facebook product as well as its parent company Meta. They're really led the way of the notorious "enshitification of the Internet". Content is split across a multitude of groups, interlaced with ads and seemingly random "recommendations" that seem less and less relevant for each week that goes by.
What's worse, any content posted there is basically un-findable on search engines (being only accessible to members), and so the content will go the way of the dodo whenever people migrate off of that site. Web forums are at least persistent.
Moreover, Meta's latest initiative, "offering" a for-pay ad-free version of FB and Instagram feels to me like mostly an attempt to circumvent the GDPR. The EU has required that they offer a way to opt-out of the invasive tracking/advertising practices, yet now they offer it only if you're willing to pay ~10€. It will be months or years before we find out if that evasion tactic holds legal water. The fact of the matter is, few users will pay such a sum for a service whose user value has declined so much since its peak days.
I've seen a few trumpet-related Sub-Reddits, but they seem constantly inundated with sophomore highschool players with their juvenile attitudes. (r/trumpet has 40k members which is not bad, but probably most of those never participate.) Reddit has some of the same problems as Facebook, being another company driven by strange Silicon Valley economics, but at least their content is indexed on Google, accounts are free and they are not as notoriously invasive about ad tracking.