As I've been reading it sounds like the workers at the Bach plant have been on strike since early this year. In addition I've also heard that certain stores are having diffuculty in getting horns and parts. Does this mean that no production has happened since early 06? My questions come from the fact that I am in the need of a new Bb trumpet and all of my horns to date are bach strads. Anyone know if the plant hired new or temp help. No How concerned should I be with getting a quality horn. No knock meant to any new help, however, nothing can replace experience in a production line (or any job for that matter). Is this time to start considering other trumpet manufacturers, and if yes, any recommendations? I play a variety of gigs from church work, concert / jazz bands, brass choir and a rock band with horns. Looking for an all around good Bb. Thanks for any info or advice.