Here's something a little different: Each year we go to Upper Canada Village (Upper Canada Village - Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada) located about 90 minutes south of Ottawa in southern Ontario. It's a period re-creation of a typical 1860s village with 40 authentic buildings and period-costumed staff who assume the roles of their characters ie. schoolteacher, parson, blacksmith, doctor, etc. Two weekends ago was their annual Fall Fair. They had a 5-piece brass band playing authentic period instruments and sounding pretty good. They played forever and seemed to have no shortage of chops. I didn't have a chance to talk to the players, but was fascinated by their instruments and managed to take some pics. The only piston instrument is the...cornet? Pocket trumpet? The others all have rotary valves. The lead player (wearing the bonnet) is playing an E-flat horn. And all the bells point outward from the group! Here are links to some close-up pics: http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/cc488/HamiltonSideRoad/UCV-01.jpg http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/cc488/HamiltonSideRoad/UCV-02.jpg http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/cc488/HamiltonSideRoad/UCV-03.jpg http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/cc488/HamiltonSideRoad/UCV-04.jpg ...and the performance video I just posted on YouTube: YouTube - 1860s brass band.wmv Anyone know anything about these instruments?