I have in the past come across an issue with a band where the MD has insisted upon a certain brand of instrument for (as far as possible) the whole band which has contradicted my own philosophy. I own my own euphonium after extensive auditioning and would not be entirely happy being coerced into using an alternative instrument. For one reason band instruments are very rarely cosseted in the same way that privately owned ones are. Any thoughts? The reason given to me was that the band needed the same quality of tone throughout. I didn't give in however and in a band consisting entirely of lacquer ______ instruments I played by BSP Besson euph with no ill effects.