It has become apparent that there are quite a few ex-French Horn playing TMpers playing in Brass Bands and I know at least 2 people who continue to play french horn as well as BB instruments. I wouldn't have the nerve to start yet another Bass Trombone thread on here but encouraged by Accidental and others, here goes on a French Horn one. Those of us who have played French Horn know that it is much harder than any BB instrument (yes Soprano players even harder than a sop but probably less dangerous:biggrin. Also we all must have a story to tell how we have come from french horn to BB, I won't bore you with mine except to say there was a 20 year gap, now much regretted, between packing in french horn and starting in brass band. I believe that there is no other instrument that can give such a good grounding in tone production, stamina, solid pitching and transposition skills, all which I have found invaluable. I think everyone should play french horn for 6 months as part of their training. Combine that with 6 months on BBb bass to sort out breathing and you have a formula for strong, classy players.