The above statement (title of thread) is NOT a representation of my views just to clarify!
My friend works for a music company over here in New Zealand and they come out with the most ridiculous statements and requests from their workers, the above being one of them!
Another quote which still has us flabbergasted/highly amused:
<in the office one morning there was a strong smell of gas>
my friend: "we should call the fire brigade/authorities"
Office manager/owner: "no it's fine get to work, New Zealand gas isn't flammable anyway"
So re the flugel thing; they had a well known performer of these parts come to audition for something and the company said after that they:
"couldn't believe someone would audition on a FLUGEL, because its just a blending instrument, and isn't real, it's a nothing instrument" !!!
outraged I was, Outraged!!
Slightly tongue in cheek of course!