From today's newspaper: "" Strings want more brass for extra notes The string section of a German orchestra has (said) it deserves more money than the brass section because it plays more notes. ... The strings of the Beethoven Orchestra claim to work harder ... and should get an extra £60 per rehearsal to reflect 'the extra notes' they have to read and play. The musicians deny being pedantic (so no chance of them becoming bandsmen, then ). "We could have calculated the surcharge per semiquaver but we chose to take an easier course", one violinist said. The horns (?!), flutes(!!!) and trombones are unimpressed.... "Of course strings are in action more than the brass", said a union spokesman, "but any violinist not happy with that should have taken up the trumpet at music school." "" Who said Germans don't have a sense of humour?