Just sort of a year ago, at the age of 50, I started my comeback journey after an absence of 25 years. Got my chops back, got bitten by the N +1 bug, acquired a few nice instruments (B&S Challenger 3137, Boosey & Hawkes Imperial 78, French Besson USA 620 cornet, Boosey & Hawkes Imperial flugel), dabbled in (but didn't get seduced by) mouthpiece experimentation. Three months ago I joined a local ensemble, the Cape Town Concert Brass, and played six gigs, including four two-hour outdoors Christmas sessions in four days to thousands of people at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (after that, my chops were ready for anything!). I remain just a rank amateur with no pretensions, but man, I'm having fun!Goals for this year: start learning jazz, work through the Jimmy Aebersold book, start jamming with friends; pay more attention to the flugel and aim to become understudy to the pro in my band... third-bench cornet is great but I'd like to do some solo lines once in a while. I reckon I can do another 25 years of this... So to all you come-backers out there: stick with it, it's worth it!