4 Barsrest reports an article quoting the Associated Board: http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=12450 Apparently exams taken on Tuba and Euphonium are now at the bottom of the instrument popularity list, at least as far as exams taken are concerned! I suppose it is no surprise, the price of even a tatty old battered E flat Tuba is astronomical, while student instruments costing £1000 are not a good investment, and soon lose their value. It's a nightmare to ferry kids around, while a cornet is easy to pop into a gig bag and go on the bus, a car at hand is essential if even the biggest of kids want to take a BBflat tuba home! Even now there is an obvious shortage of Tuba players in anything other than the best of bands, (in fact it's nice to be wanted!) and of necessity only the fittest can cope with a BBflat Tuba, I know I couldn't even if I wanted to, even now I play E flat Tuba because I want to, not because I like lugging it about, I have been around the band but always come back Pushing learner or intermediate cornet players onto Tuba is not the way to build a love for the instruments, if you don't take it up out of desire, then often you don't ever feel it is the right instrument for you, and want to get back to your original choice at the earliest possible opportunity; so surely the only way is to encourage learners to pick up a tuba as soon as they are able - then again how many bands have enough spare tubas lying around to be able to start kids off on one, they are valuable, and it's hard enough keeping a band solvent without having thousands of pounds worth of instruments for learners? Are we part of a dying breed?