I guess the title is self explanatory but where have they all gone. Most of the top players have retired, dropped down the sections due to family commitments, conducting and band politics or just found other hobbies. I want to know why there is such a shortage? Is it that it's not seen as a cool instrument to play (I think it is and its a beast to master) or is it because it's so cumbersome? There must be a reason for it!!! In this day and age, if you can get a good sound out of it and put in the parts then you will never be short of a band. What do people think?