I am sure that I am not alone in wondering why there has been such a rapid rise in instrument prices? Even taking into account such things as raw material rises and the credit crunch, instrument price rises have shot through the roof. ( price of 'Yamaha Maestro' Euphonium, £2400 two years ago, £4000 now!) Also, most dealer prices are very similar, the competitive pricing edge that existed, has all but disappeared. Why? Are we being taken for a ride? Is there price fixing going on? I would be interested in your thoughts/experiences on this one.