What, in your opinion, has been the greatest innovation in Banding, during your involvement? The introduction of the larger bore Sovereign instruments in the mid-seventies, is certainly amongst my own suggestions. As a Euphonium player, the difference in depth of tone, ease of note production and general enjoyment of playing, compared with the Imperial/Besson instruments of the time, felt immense. If my memory is correct, they cost £599 from Barratts of Manchester, and they could not supply them quickly enough! (I passed my driving test in '74 and my one year old Hillman Avenger cost £850, to give a comparison). The distinctive blue case, placed you amongst the envied 'elite', if you arrived at a contest carrying one, though the expectation may not have always been fulfilled by all owner-players! Still sought after, the original Sovereign (round stamp) instruments were ground-breakers, and set the standard for all future brass band instrument design.