I've been using a flugel to cover french horn parts in a quintet. Some time in the next month, I plan to try switching to a tenor horn, so that I can cover the range a little better. Here's the problem: I'm in a semi-remote part of Canada. I don't know any tenor horn players. There are no horns for sale around here. Buying a horn will involve either a road trip or mail order. I'm really, really reluctant to buy one off eBay, (or anywhere) without trying it first. (It may surprise you to know this, but there are some really bad horns out there.) I have several questions: I have a shot at a Wessex-tubas tenor horn, by mail order (with an approval period). Does anyone have experience with their product? I know of a couple of places that sell John Packer and Besson horns, which I'll be near next month. What's the word on their horns? Most generic brass "comes-with" mouthpieces are pretty poor. Is there a standard beginners' mouthpiece on the tenor? What should I know? What do you wish you had known when you started? What should I avoid like the plague?