Thanks for that bit on the tone issue in band. Today i committed a bad thing, and just played long tones as quietly as possible underneath the band. I played the same key, don't worry lol. But I did that and i put the stand in a position where the noise bounced right back to me. Within ten minutes my tone started healing, so I think Al Innella you may be correct right there. As for the Strad its been since the beginning of March. Yet tone problems only started a week ago. I don't know really know whats going on, but im hoping that by resting this week, and then starting up by playing long tones only, I can get my tone back. I guess time to ride it out, and see what happens. But im still going to get those lessons. I really want to excel at this instrument, and eventually be first chair in both jazz and wind ensemble by the end of my high school career. With a teacher I hope I can get to that goal faster, and in a more structured manner.