In the past 4 years I have had 3 new Besson EEb Basses from B&H,(2 Laquered, 1 Silver Plate) mostly of victims poor quality control and inferior manufacture. In my opinion the laquered instruments were thin gauge metal and unsuitable for serious brass performance. They were riddled with "Black Spot" and raucous at high volumes The difference in weight to a S. Plated instrument was very evident. SP was more robust and sonorous. B&H have had a once in a lifetime opportunity to really "Clean up" through widespread Lottery grants to bands to purchase new sets of instruments,so I cannot understand why the company is up for sale with substantial debts (I'm told). They have churned out the goods and taken the money. The instruments were not subjected to proper quality control, the laquered instruments suffered from "Black Spot" - there were no "Dent guard plates" on vulnerable bends as in the past. Even the much vaunted "Prestige" range are said to be fine instruments, but with poor finish and peeling laquer or very thin silver plate. Questions :- 1) Where has all the money gone ? 2) Why is the company in trouble. 3) Whose "Ripped Off" the money ?