Here's one for my brother bassists in the UK.What brand of horns do you use?Is Besson/Boosey & Hawkes the prominent tuba in a brass band? Those shure are good horns.I haven't seen any of the newer models,though.Do they still build them as stout as tanks or have they gone to thinner brass and shoddy workmanship like so many other manufacturers? Over here in my neck of the woods,it seems that the younger tubists all go for the latest trend horn.Us older fellas stick with our tried and true favorites. I think it's kind of odd that so few Eb basses are being used in the US.They don't even teach Eb tuba in school.I thinkit's neat that you Brittish folks score parts specifficaly for Eb and BBb respectively. Personaly, I play both Eb and BBb horns,but I regretibly ad to sell my 1921 Holton Eb. I have a Mirafone bell front and an older Besson compensator, both BBb.Both horns are great,in my oppinion.It's hard to compare them as each has it's own characteristics.The main advantage of both tubas is that I was able to afford them. Well, I'm done typing.Now it's your turn.Feel free to pm me if youd like to exchange words.