Where's the cutoff for the "comeback" label? *Is* there a cutoff?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by jamesq68, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

    May 11, 2009
    Yorba Linda, CA
    I would say that "comeback" is in the mind of the player. I might quit calling myself a comeback player when I have been back to playing as long as I was off. But, that would be 39 more years and at age 67 I doubt that I will be playing that long - or even live that long. But, I am having fun and playing in a band and nobody knows that I am a comeback player unless I tell them.
  2. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    Is a comeback player the same as a recycled player? What happens if you comeback twice? Does that mean you're bicycled? Ooooh the questions .... my brain hurts. :dontknow:
  3. lmf

    lmf Forte User

    May 16, 2007
    Indiana USA
    Where's the cutoff for the "comeback" label? *Is* there a cutoff?

    I would think the cutoff is when we are most certainly dead!

    Best wishes,

  4. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    I don't think it matters. It's seems to be a term to delineate between a working pro and a hobbyist, so to speak. My initial layoff was June 1979. I started again March 2004. I play better now than I did before I was a "comeback" player. I just used the term for myself because everyone else did. It may carry with it a certain stigma, but I just let my playing do my speaking for me. Trickg makes a good point. I too didn't think I would play again. At that time, there were few outlets for pro's let alone high school kids so after school I quit. If you're playing for pay, you could probably lose the moniker, but then again, who really cares? :play:
  5. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

    Oct 26, 2003
    What's the definition of "working pro?" I don't make my living playing trumpet, but I certainly make a tidy sum annually playing on the side. But even there, there are some absolute hacks who have regular gigs and make money playing their instruments. At times I feel like I'm one of them! :-o
  6. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    If you can feed you and any dependents just playing you horn you're a working pro. If a large pizza can feed your family better, you aren't a working pro :lol:!

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