Question - What kind of mute do you use at school, NickD? I guess I have it made. No family except my aged Mom who still lives in HER home. Work 8-4:30. Busy two evenings, one playing jazz jam. Both evenings still have room to practice. I have TV but only use it for the music channels (OK, some weather), which provide me lots of chance for hearing new material and random play along. In my essentailly empty house I have studios on each floor - the piano's on the first due to it's non-movability. Both studios have sound systems, so I can play along or listen. Upstairs I practice Bb trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, and my mellophone. I also practice guitar (not a lot) there. Downstairs I work on the piano ( I always learn the chords/rhythm from the real book for any tune I want to play on the horn) and my vibes. Sometimes I even play my congas. So I guess I've zero excuse not to practice much more and I will, with inspiration from NickD. I also need to keep my focus, since time playing the other instruments can only take away from the trumpet, though my trumpet playing definitely benefits from the diviersity of my musical interests. Oh, then there's my girlfriend. She lives 4 hours away. Whenever we are together she loves to listen to my practicing. Really, she LOVES it! BTW - I hope you all know the NickD is the author of some of the best articles on the physics of the trumpet. First class stuff! Open tubes, closed-end tubes, harmonics, etc. He is more physicist than he'd have you know.