I happened upon this forum from seeing it mentioned in The Trombone Forum ( http://tromboneforum.org/index.php ). I'm from Waynesville, North Carolina in the States, which is located in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of the Western part of our state, and home to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the most visited national park in the US. I belong to two community bands whose websites I maintain: www.ashevillecommunityband.org and www.haywoodcommunityband.org I also play in a swing band and a dixieland band. I play trombone, and just the other day received my new King 2103PLG (otherwise known as the King 3B Plus w/Gold Bell). I use a Bach 6 1/2 AL mouthpiece and/or a Bach 12C, depending on what I'm playing. Before that I had to do with a Conn Director (a student model), so I'm really happy to be playing my new horn. It is great, by the way, with a wonderful responsiveness, and smooth slide action. I am 63 years old, but no old fogey . I had not played my trombone for 34 years until last Spring, a year ago, when I joined the Haywood Band, and after awhile wondered why I had stopped playing those many years ago. It has given me a new joy to my life, and I love playing again. I see this is mainly a British Band site, but let me tell you...I have always admired the British love for its wind bands. I wish our communities supported our bands like yours do. I have been to England once, and Scotland three times (last name McDonald), and absolutely LOVE your island. Anyway, good to be aboard, and I hope that not only can I learn something here, but can contribute some wisdom myself. If you'd like to hear what the Asheville Community Band sounds like, you can go to http://www.ashevillecommunityband.org/acbmembers.htm scroll down to underneath the members list to see some examples you can download. This is a large band of some 90 members, and is quite good. Thanks for having me.