As someone who is an avid supporter of brass bands (I don't play but my partner does) I tend to check 4barsrest every few days just to keep up to date with any news so I can attempt to know what I'm talking about! I came across an advert this morning from Geneva Musical Instruments which reads; Mike Eccles, one of the leading flugel players in UK banding has become the latest high profile endorsee of Geneva. Best sound Tim Oldroyd of Geneva told 4BR: "Having heard Mike and his ability to produce what we believe to be the flugel best sound and intonation in the business, we had no option to go with Mike for the job. I am sure over the next few years Mike will lead the way with his playing - and on a fantastic Geneva flugel too." Having heard Mike on the few occassions I've been to contests I totally agree that he is a fantastic flugel player, my only issue is that at the National finals last October I'm fairly sure I saw a big display board with another flugel player as an endorsee, so why the vitriolic approach in this press statement about there being no option but to go with Mike. Has the other endorsee (name I can't remember) slipped that much to have a poor sound and intonation or is it just the case that he's not as good? Surely the tone of this press release isn't going to make them feel too good about themselves? Obviously without knowing any details of instrument company's, who endorses what etc. I may well not be right in commenting on this but, I've been at enough band contests to know how people sometimes talk about other players and their strengths and more often than not weaknesses, but is it fair to do so in a formal press release from a company who sponsors major contests? Apologies for the rant, just bugged me for some reason.