So much has been commented about the sound of instruments like the Besson Imperial range and how rounded and in tune they were. That got me wondering how top bands now would sound without the latest gear? It's always said that good players play and sound well on most instruments so take them away and let's see what may result. Would bands revert back to a more compact sound with a tighter physical grouping on stage to achieve maximum results or would things not need to alter? Would more vibrato get introduced to compensate the smaller projected sound? I'm just curious to see what anyone thinks the top bands would sound like under these circumstances. Go back further in time regarding instruments and would that alter the band's ability to perform as we are used to hearing them? p.s., there has been period instrument recordings done before (most notably the Wallace Collection) but never an elite brass band as an example. p.p.s., I will add that I was one the players during the '70s that moved from an Imperial to a Sovereign and the change was massive. At the time, Besson International cornets challenged the Sovereign for sales.