"For example, the trombone sound of bands is more symphonic nowadays than pre-80s. Certain players must have come into or through banding that helped change the way that instrument is played." I saw this in the "Pioneers" thread and it got me thinking. I'm rather new to contesting (and this forum), so forgive me if this has been thrashed out before, but I play 2nd trombone on a large bore instrument (YSL-681B) because that is what I was advised to get by my then tutor. Is it desirable that the trombone sound in brass bands should be symphonic or does that create just too much contrast with the brighter instruments? Should I be thinking of changing to a medium or medium/large bore instrument? The balance of the section would obviously be altered and my MD might well have something to say about that, but general comments would be appreciated.