I've noticed that a lot of brass banders don't look after their instruments. Some instruments are full of dents and scratches, usually due to abuse rather than age. If I spend hundreds (or thousands) of pounds on something, I would look after it. Some people use band instruments because they can't afford to buy their own instrument, but then they still abuse them. If I had a band instrument I would make sure I looked after it, so that I can have many years of use out of it, and the next person after me can still have a nice instrument. When the instruments are 20+ years old and in poor condition, I can partly understand, but some instruments are brand new. Here are some of the things I see: Bells on floor (very common, especially for bases), this'll scratch the edge bell rim Feet on bells (when bells are on the floor) Cleaning cloths on floor (these pick up all of the grit and will then create scratches when used for cleaning) Instruments left unattended (many ways for them to be damaged, but it's particularly bad in windy weather when the stands can blow over onto them) Are you an abuser? What are your thoughts?