Yes guys I am reading your respondences & really appreciate your replies. As I said before, had been practicing for the past three months, 1-2 hrs per day and same old "sick cat, raspy" tone. Soooo, have started trying the 15 minute practice per day playing softly. Now, I should have stated the fact in the beginning that at the time (1994) I messed up my chops I was in my early sixties. I kept making a session once in awhile for the new few years until about six years ago whereas it had gotten to the point that I couldn't enjoy the bad tone & having a hard time playing. Now at this point I am 83. I am in excellent health, still work outside plus helping my son occasionally in his house remodeling & painting work. I realize that the old muscles do not respond like younger muscles but picking up the horn again to determine if I had damaged my chops back in 1994 to the point that I could never play again. I might mention that my execution from this time of practicing is just as good as it ever was, just trying to get the old chops to cooperate again! Will be waiting for your response to the age factor!