Out of curiosity, I wonder why certain brands and models of instruments have failed to take a stronghold in the band market despite their obvious quality. Is it to do with the home grown marketing convenience of Besson that has dominated the market for so long? Yamaha and Courtois have only captured so much of the market but still are a long way short of Besson. Is it because instrument parts and service provided by Besson were more accessible than others that they became so popular? The only exception seems to be trombone, soprano and flugel choice for bands ... a free hand to try other makes seems to be okay. For cornets, I wonder why the Bach, Schilke, Getzen, Kanstul etc. brands never made a real foothold? Horns, baritones and euphs ... would your band buy Willson or Miraphone models? Basses ... huge selection to consider. Are things likely to change since Besson have been bought out by Buffet Crampon? Would you band research and spend cash on another brand?