Have just come back from a contest where the tactics of one band left a bad taste in the mouth. The contest was an open contest with no registration cards, and bands could use players from any section. My band borrowed a couple of players from the 2nd section (we are 4th). OK this wouldn't be allowed at most contests, but we weren't taking the mick, and they weren't playing in solo positions, and from speaking to people from other bands, they seemed to have taken a similar line to us. One band however had several players from a championship section band, including one of the countries highest profile players (the name would be known to virtually every bander in the country), this was even more galling in that this band could potentially have won a prize for being the highest 4th section band not in the top 3, so could have gained advantage from a comparitively low status whilst using players who were anything but that (in the end the band came in the top 3 anyway). Let me stress that they were breaking no rules, just that I think they were being very morally dubious. Also, I have no sour grapes. My band came exactly where it deserved, and the right band (not the one mentioned above) definitely won. What do people think? Are bands right to exploit loose rules to the absolute limit?