Hi folks just wanted to gauge opinion out there. Some contests now provide some percussion on stage and insist on it being used. Our area have sent us a sheet on which we must tell them how we want to set up the on stage percussion in advance. I know that they do this with the best of intentions, which I think are to aid bands travelling and to speed up change over times on the stage. On the other side of the coin however, would any brass players tolerate being forced to play instruments on which they haven't rehearsed? For instance a set of adams timps have different note ranges to a set of Premier timps, this could cause problems for players without experience of them. And is the time saving not negated by the fact the player has to tune up and familiarise themselves with the instruments on stage, which otherwise could be done back stage? I thought the imposition of a four minute rule dealt with change over times anyway? What do people think, good thing or bad thing, or does no one care?