Thanks for all of the thoughts so far... I definitely realize that MOST of the changes need to come from me and not the horn. I have time set up with two instructors I trust to see what they think of where I am and what approach I should take from here. Pat ... I appreciate the offer... I actually have the opportunity to play the horn I am thinking of buying and hopefully will get to do so this weekend. In the mean time... anybody interested in my Mt. Vernon Large Bore or my 72 lightweight?