Just read the advert for the new range of Geneva instruments over on 4BR. It's supposed to be a transitory cornet option between the student/intermediate range of instruments and the professional range. But at £1,295 it seems a rather expensive transitory step: a brand new JP371 cornet can be had for less than £900, and pristine 2nd-hand Xenos and Sovs go regularly for around £1,100 on eBay. I am sure they have done their own research, but I just don't think there's a very big market for this additional level of instrument. To my mind, the three levels we currently have (beginner/student (approx. £300), student/intermediate (approx. £800), and professional (approx. £1,800)) cover all the bases. I am not convinced that a player (or, more likely in this case, the parent of a player) who is looking to progress from the intermediate level of cornet will want to spend £1,300 on an instrument that they are going to want to exchange in a very short space of time. Surely, a player who is knowledgeable and committed/serious enough to want to progress from an £800 instrument is going to want to go the full hog and move onto the Sov, Neo, or Prestige cornet. I wish the best of luck to Geneva because they are trying to break the Yamaha/Besson duopoly in many areas of brass banding, but I don't think this is the way. Personally, I think the Geneva Symphony range would be a more attractive option if they undercut Yamaha/Besson by 20% instead of trying to go toe to toe with them. Any thoughts?