Hi all, As well as a Solo Cornet player, I'm also a local magistrate here in Sheffield. As part of that side of my life, I was in Sheffield Crown Court last week (observing) and an interesting case came up for sentencing. A Tuba was stolen from Stanington Brass Band not too long ago as part of a spate of thefts in the owners area. The vast majority of items were recovered including the Tuba, which was pawned at Cash Converters for a total of £50 (Tuba valued at £4500). Anyway, a middle aged male was convicted on 10 counts of receiving stolen goods and was sentenced to 4 years in prison. I hope that gives some comfort to the band and to players, however please don't leave your instruments in cars overnight, or locked garages.