I don't normally associate Wikipedia with riotous comedy, but this page on the fictional composer P.D.Q. Beethoven had me cracking up - and the little audioclip at the bottom, featuring the sound of the tromboon had me crying with laughter! P. D. Q. Bach - Wikipedia I shan't spoil your fun by trying to describe the sound of the tromboon; I'll just say it was invented (butchered?) by Professor Peter Schickele, in order to perform some works of PDQ's he had 'discovered' - and, according to Schickele, the tromboon consists of a conglomeration of a bassoon and a trombone, "with the disadvantages of both." The titles of some of PDQ's works will give you an idea of what to expect; for example, his 'Erotica Variations', a 'Concerto for Bassoon vs. Orchestra', and 'Fanfare for the Common Cold' . . . 'nuff said, eh? And your challenge for the weekend is to paint a word portrait of the timbre and musicality of the tromboon - go to it, TMPers!! Failing that, if you come across a website which matches the heading of this thread, please feel free to post it, and share the fun. Jack 'Subversive Element' E.