Hi everyone. I helped start a new band up here in the Northeast of scotland back in April - Deveron River Brass . We started with what ever instruments we could get our hands on by Begging, borrowing and.....Ebaying! At the time we thought that this would do as we thought that we would hover at about the 16 - 20 players mark. As it turns out, there were a large number of players in the area that were not playing for one reason or another, but wanted to. We now have just under 30 players and have had to tell some other people that we do not have an instrument for them! This is obviously not ideal! The instruments that we do have in a lot of cases are playable, but only just. For example I am playing a Besson Accademy Bass Trombone! (Not bad though considering it's age!) As we have now completed the application and been accepted and confirmed as a Charity, we are applying to as many places as possible for money for instruments. So here (after a fair amount of waffling) is my question that I would like to post to your collective wisdome... What instruments to go for! Between the members of the band we do have a fair amount of experienced players, but also some youngsters. I have always been of the belief that it would be better to get all of the same make where possible. but is this really necessary for a new band? Tuning and intonation are always a problem in new/lower section bands, so should we add to the problem by mixing instruments. This would therefore suggest that all of the cornets should get a Sovereign, or a prestige etc. But you would not give a youngster a large bore cornet.. or would you? As I am not a cornet player, I don't know. Another thing, would it be better for all the instruments to be york, or Besson, or LMI for tone or does it not really matter? On the question of trombones, I would also tend to go for one brand for sound. So I would probably go for Conn (but this is purely personal as I have played a vincent bach Bass trombone and I hated it - I think that the bells are too big and there is not enough edge to the sound) Ideally I would like a Rath, but then I wake up! I know that there is a fair amount of waffle above, so feel free to harang me for not being clear if I have not made my point very well! Let the debate commence!