This thread may or may not be of interest but: I am intrigued by our ability or indeed inability to hear what is actually being played. I am particularly thinking when we hear a named band or a band with an excellent reputation is there a tendency to eulogise and wax lyrical often missing loose playing/intonation issues etc? Do we fail to give some other lesser ranked bands credit just because they lack a history of success? Is this an issue and where do we see it?: 1/ Within the Brass Band playing public 2/ None Playing Brass Band Audiences 3/ Adjudicators (Particularly Open Adjudication) 4/ Reporters Do our eyes fool our ears?