It does`nt take too long, when looking at banding in England to realise that it is a mess! Too many players from our elite bands are saying the same things..too many contests with no meaning, poor prize money in relation to cost of attending and recently the subject of ever decreasing audiences at contests. Why can`t our top bands ever speak with one voice and tell the contest owners and administrators what THEY want. If ever the elite bands in this country organised themselves, the collective clout they could wield would move mountains I`m sure. Are they so wrapped up in their own survival, that to join forces with a contest rival for the greater good is that unthinkable? Perhaps the BFBB could be the vehicle for a forum of top bands, a forum that could instigate real change. Grimey`s comments re. the BFBB a few weeks back suggest that they view the BFBB as something more than an organiser of contests. I am aware that messrs Evans and Snell tried something similiar a few years back without success, perhaps the time is right now.