Comebackers & Etudes Fellow comebackers, TM friend richardwy has tried a time or two to get some of us to post brief examples of our playing for each others' encouragement, amusement, constructive criticism, and, possibly, inspiration; and he has been bold enough to set the example! I owe the genesis of this idea to him. I suggest we identify the instrument and mouthpiece we would like to use for this effort, work up some etudes, and post our best efforts by way of an audio or video clip periodically. As far as who is qualified to be a comebacker, I imagine we all might be in some sense or other, but pros and highly skilled experienced players may find little more than amusement here. I am working on Robin Adair in Arban's (I had to research "gruppetto" in order to remember how to play it) as part of my normal practice routine right now. It will be my first TM audio post if this thread attracts participation interest from anyone else. My instrument and mouthpiece will be a lacquered 2009 Blessing BTR-ML1 (a .460 bore Bb Strad clone) played with a Blessing 5C (pictured below). What possible benefits might be derived from participation? I referred to Richard's boldness (read confidence) early in this post. I have not performed in over 40 years. This is one means for comebackers to acquire or reacquire performance confidence before what is, more or less, a sympathetic audience of like-minded people.