I've found Wikipedia.com to be a valuable source of information when writing for an instrument for the first time. The articles tend to be written by players and very comprehensive. Of course, nothing beats finding a player and talking to them.Originally Posted by pdNH
Your post got me thinking about regional differences in an instrument's availability. I grew up in brass band country not far from where Brassed Off was set and euphonium and flugelhorn players were ten a penny. We even had a euphonium player in the school orchestra making up for the lack of French horns. (BTW, following discussion elsewhere, I still like to say 'French' horns to distinguish from the general jazz usage of 'horn' to mean anything blown. It's not often an issue but I like to be clear about these things! ).