Well, last night it happened: my son (grade 12) is playing in the school production of "Honk". Due to stage limitations, the "band" is on a small platform mounted 10' above the stage with access via a ladder up through a small opening. The ladder is removed once the players are in place (you better take your potty stop BEFORE the show starts). As he handed his trumpet up to a kid already on the platform he said "Have you got it?" "Yes". "Are you certain?" "Yes, I've got it". "OK, I'm letting go now". Ahhh... the trumpet went up safely. "OK, put the trumpet on my chair and make sure it can't slide off.... is it safe?" "Yes". "Thank you". Two seconds later *clank* *bang* *rattle* resonates in the theatre. The horn took the hit on the bottom/back part of the bell bow, caving in the tubing, bending the back brace upwards and bending the bell tube upwards all the way forward to the 2nd valve area. It plays... barely. The kid said "Well, I thought it was safely balanced on the railing!" With a 12' drop to a solid floor involved I'm amazed that's the ONLY damage. The kid escaped with his life... but it was a close call. My son is 6'4, 220 lb and could be playing football, not trumpet. The music teacher just buried her face in her hands. The "actors" all thought it was a giggle. My son's twin sister who is the stage manager had to leave the room before she swatted someone (she's only 6' but has a bit of a temper). The show starts Wed. morning and my Schilke is NOT going up onto that ridiculous, postage stamp with no safe access. The Besson "kind of" plays; intonation isn't great (but better than some Chinese horns). It'll get dropped off (ok, bad pun) at the local shop to see if they can coax some of the worst restrictions out of the bell bow but the horn is going to have to go to Calgary for rebuild now. Hopefully the school can come up with a loaner for the show. KAKA! Well, at least I know that since the horn is built by Kanstul, I can get a replacement bell if it really needs it (I'm afraid that the bell bow might split when they push the "sinkhole" out). And that, Julius, is why we don't send expensive horns to school.