This is only my second posting... http://www.trumpetmaster.com/vb/f148/yet-another-new-old-player-57039.html I'm an older guy (50 yr. old) trying to get back into it. I've been practicing for over a month and I thought I was making decent progress. I've been taking it easy and trying not to over do it. All of a sudden, the last two days, I can barely get a decent sound out. I have very little endurance (not that I had too much before) and I can barely get anything but an awful raspy sound out. Previously, that's the sound I'd get by buzzing just the mouthpiece, but now that's what's coming out of the horn as well. Does anyone know what's happening?