As I mentioned on Twitter, I could have retweeted Gerry's tweet five times. A great instrument makes it very easy to sound like yourself. A not so great instrument makes that much more challenging.
But if you hand Joe Alessi a student trombone, he is going to sound like Joe Alessi. Not sound kind of like Joe Alessi. Exactly like Joe Alessi. He will have to work a lot harder but the results won't be any difference.
The moral of the story, as pointed out by Gerry Lopez in his tweet, is to get to know every single aspect of your hardware but then equally as important is making sure your software is up to date.