Is it just us..... or do other bands suffer from this? Last year when I took over from the previous MD I checked the records which seemed pretty exentsive except that two instruments were no where to be seen. What was worse neither the former MD nor any of the remaining players had any idea who might have them. What is even more embarrassing is that the band concerned is the Cheshire Police band. I suspect that the instruments will have been "borrowed" years before by former members of the band and never returned. I have no doubt that the missing instruments may still be in circulation, possibly locally. I know sometimes players are not on the best of terms when leaving bands, and often it is difficult for bands to recoverband property,but at what point does a players obstanance become theft? Certainly whatever the circumstances they have no right to retain band instruments indefinitely. I have discovered how hard it is (even with signing things in and out) to keep tabs on all equipment but what ever our past shortcomings the real villains of the piece are still those individuals who have decided to disappear into the banding sunset with instruments that do not, and never will, belong to them. For the record our two "wandering" intruments are: Bach Stradivarius Flugel Horn serial number 242134 Besson Sovereign Bb Cornet serial number 799923 For our part we intend to write to all local bands (Cheshire/Staffs area) many who have ex members from the band to see if they can jog anyones memories. Just us or is this a bigger issue in bands?