I had my Nephew comment to me that he had a go of a Bass in School and liked the sound of it. Like many people I first started playing Brass Instruments in School. What he didn't like were his Friends were all playing shiny brand new Cornets and Trombones whilst the old BBb and EEb Basses were all battered and worn. On commentating this to the Music Teacher he was told for the price of a new Tuba he could get several other instruments for the School Band and spread out the costs. Given that the price of even a good Second Hand Bass is the same price as a small Car, good mouthpieces around the £80 mark and the ever increasing numbers of band vacancies for Bass players (I counted about 35 vacancies in the UK last night) are there any incentives for our future Brass players to learn the Bass at all?