Hi all... It's great to find a forum like this...! I'm strictly an amateur player, in a British style brass band. This winter, I've promised myself to practice every day, which, for me, will be about a 900% increase...It'll be interesting to see the difference...already I notice a big increase in tone quality, after 2 weeks. The Benge listed is on its way to me...I think this is Kanstul's first design of this type, built in 1979 or so, which he is now producing as the ZKC 1530. The sound is reputedly very mellow (too cheap to buy a flugel, but I dig the sound), esp. with the D.Wick 2B I use. The Benge has a raw brass finish, which i know nothing about, save that it's hip on the west coast...what does one do to care for this finish? Any hints would be greatly appreciated..