I just checked...
There are ten banded tournaments available for me to enter.
In each and every one of these banded tournaments I could potentially find myself playing opponents up to 800 rating points higher than myself.
Hardly a level playing field, and not what I want or expect from a banded tournament.
One of these tournaments is 1620+ . Surely that's way too low for the top end?
I do understand that it is tricky to get the balance right - introduce 2000+ tournaments at the top end, and it may never fill, or at least take a long time to fill, because of the shortage of players entering tournaments who are 2000+.
But as it stands, I suspect there may be a whole lot of players 1700-2000 who choose not to enter these 1700+ banded tournaments, because they are not interested in getting beaten up by opponents (computers?) rated many points higher than they are.
Ironically, this may mean the top rated tournaments take even longer to fill up, thus fuelling the problem!
There is no easy solution, but how about at least trying some 1700-2000 tournaments?
If it works, it works... and if it doesn't, well then can look for another solution.
As it stands, players rated 1700-2000 looking to play tournaments against players of equal strength are being completely frozen out.