Hey Manny, Don't get me wrong, I love the music and the "Ring". Playing third trumpet in Das Rheingold is, unfortunately, waiting a lot (and I mean a lot!!!). Did the GÃ¶tterdÃ¤mmerung in jan/feb. I loved playing that one! First Wagner opera I played. Last thursday we had the premiÃ¨re. Halfway, just before the third scene, we had to stop because of a technical problem on stage. Instead of finishing in two and a half hours and walking out there by 10.30, we had a one hour delay and finished around 11.30. Tonight we're playing it again (still seven to go). So, not a Wagner freak, but I like it a lot. Playing those soft passages on cardboard lips can be a bit frustrating however. Pffaa... know what I mean? The pit here is terrible for the embouchure. Don't know why..maybe it's due to the dry air. Stiffens up the lips.