OK, Manny; here's one for you. In at least two other forums, a respected member of the trumpet community and a Monette player is trying to figure out how to build a stand that will accept a Monette without damaging it. He is concerned that the bell is so soft that (as per Monette recommendations) a regular stand not be used but that the horn be kept in the case. Obviously this isn't always practical in a Symphonic (or maybe some other) gigs. So.... the question has been asked ... "What does Manny do"? Now, I'd also add the second question "Is it really true that Monette bells are annealed to such a degree that the weight of the horn can actually distort the instrument if it is supported "bell down" on a stand?". If the answer is to the affirmative I can only respond "Yikes"!