This is part of an article that appears in Gig magazine dated 4 - 17 October 2005 that I received at work this morning; Speculation is rife that Besson, the UK's leading manufacturer of brass instruments, is about to be sold. A strong contender to buy Besson is Conn-Selmer, the largest manufacturer of band and orchestral instruments and a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments. Premier, the biggest name in UK percussion, is another tip. The Leicestershire company is enjoying a renaissance after moving much of its manufacturing base to the Far East a couple of years ago. A dark horse could be US company Gemeinhardt, which has branched out from its traditional core market of flutes and is understood to be contemplating an expansion into European markets. Nobody at the Music Group or any of the other companies named was available for comment before Gig went to press.