Hi Graham As one of the only people here who might understand what you are talking about with "UK ABRSM exams," do you mind some further advice from somebody who isn't Manny? The difficulties I find that are associated with Eb/D playing depend laregly upon the instrument. Some respond in a very similar manner to a Bb instrument (the 4 valve B&S plays and sounds very much like a Bb), whilst others are very "piccolo" in nature (the old Besson or Selmer instruments are a prime example of this). The Eb/D will not (usually) add any notes to your range, but may make some of the upper register more secure. The instruments themselves tend (generalisation coming up) to be less secure, intonation wise, than most Bb instruments. If you listen well, it is just a case of learning which notes need to be adjusted, same as on a Bb. Whatever works. I use the same for C as Eb/D, slightly shallower than on my Bb. Playing instruments other than the Bb certainly expands your options for programming recitals. I find that I don't use my Eb/D very much in recitals, but there are certain pieces that I much prefer on it (Let the Bright Seraphim is a prime example). The only time I use it regularly is in ensemble playing. How easy is it for you to get to try instruments out in Dubai? As with all instrument purchases, the only real way you can choose which is right for you is to try them yourself. I use a Yamaha 6610 and it is a lovely little instrument. I find it much closer in feel to piccolo playing than I do to Bb. If I was aiming to play something BIG on it, I would see if I could obtain a larger instrument (such as the 4 valve B&S mentioned earlier - Will Spencer has one of these and it is a beast). I have played Yamaha (most models), Schilke (3 & 4 valve models), Kanstul, F Besson, Stomvi, B&S (3 & 4 valve), Selmer, Getzen (and probably more that I have forgotten). So far, the finest have been the B&S, Stomvi, Yamaha and Kanstul. The Schilke was one of the most disaapointing (for me - personal opinion) - it looks great, it has rave reviews, but I didn't mix with it very well - I found I couldn't get the sound I was after on it. For what I want from an Eb/D, my Yamaha does me fine (and I agree with Brian - I much prefer it on the D side to the Eb - I can cope with the intonation on the Eb side, but it is better in D). If a student of mine was after an Eb/D (which will be happening this Summer, I expect), I would recommend a trip up to Phil Parkers and try out the brands I have mentioned (and would strongly expect them to come back with either a B&S or a Stomvi - excellent value for money and superb instruments). Of the syllabus repertoire you mentioned I would suggest that the Handel Suite and the Clarke Suite work very well on the D (and are two pieces I work my students through when they first get an Eb/D). Both are playable on a piccolo, but are also lovely to play on a D. I would also recommend getting to know the concertos (Haydn, Hummel & Neruda) on an Eb. Which you choose to perform the works on will be a matter for your personal choice. I prefer my Haydn on a Bb, but I know I am in the minority. Part of the diploma (and above) exam is the ability to present a balanced programme from the repertoire. If you are able to present baroque works, in the original key, you stand a better chance of fulfilling this part of the exam than if you present a recital completely on the Bb. I am currently helping a student prepare for his diploma exam and this has been a discussion we have been having - he can play much of the repertoire on his Bb, but with a D he is able to play the majority of what is listed - therefore the chance of a more varied programme is increased.