I have just seen this through a linked in contact Buffet Group acquires B&S and becomes the leading European group of wind instruments manufacturers, and one of the largest in the world (brings Buffet, Besson, B&S, Courtois, Hans Hoyer, Keilwerth, Melton Meinl, Scherzer, Schreiber). Here is a video of the announcement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPKOytvNfSA Well, I expect we can look forward to even more homogenization of trumpet design. Leblanc did it with the Committee, Conn-Selmer have done it with the Benge, and now we can expect Stenciling of all these other famous brands. Unfortunately, accounting bottom lines will always trump musical values. I am proud to be independent! Coincidentally I will be in Markneukirchen next week visiting some of my component suppliers so expect to pick up some gossip.