Let me be clear what I mean. Large Corperations buy up competitors companies and then basicly just let them run intot he ground by not really manageing the brand or allowing for significant new devlopment etc...... Other then the positive's that resulted from Bach being bought out by Selmer the rest of the brands under Selmer have preety much laid stagnant or declined. Like wise Leblanc or who ever owns them now if it is another company has bought up other companies over the years and preety much not done anything to benifit them and in many case's have hurt them. I understand that you do not want to have too many products competeing with what ever brand is favored internaly but you do not have to have all the companies chaseing the same market! Look at Porsche,Audi and VW they have very little that compnets witht he other when you look at the total market that each catores too! You do not have to let one company al but die or offer low grade stuff to keep the other brands happy. If you are going to do something like that then just close that company down sell off their assets and move on! Look at what happened to Martin and Holton most noteably? You have other's as well Olds is not with us any more and neither is Reynolds not really at least. So any one want to kick Selmer in the rear or Leblanc let's hear the rant? WHat brands do you think have suffered the most under large corperate buy out's? What brands do you think have had the greatest effect on the trumpet community by their loss? What do you think over all of the current mass produced trumpet sound ie what the industry thinks a trumpet should sound like compared to when it was a more diverse market place????? I am putting my flame resistant suit on now and knife and bullet resitant vest on too. Let the gamers begin!!!