I played in high school many years ago, graduating in 1980. I played first chair in a large high school from 10th through 12th grade, even with braces for two years. Played in marching band, stage band, etc. I was really quite good.
Shortly after graduating, I had jaw surgery to lengthen my lower jaw. Lost feeling in my lower lip and the surgery completely changed my embouchure. I gave up. I tried playing again several times over the years, but until recently, I just didn't have the time and ambition to work through it. The feeling didn't come back to my lip for years either.
Anyway, I've been playing now about a month. Bought a new Schilke S42l a couple weeks ago. I enjoy this trumpet. Easy to play, great range.
I am having some trouble with the notes around middle C, generally between A and C on the staff. Not all the time, but often enough to bother me. My tone is excellent below and above, and my range is secure up to A above the staff. My mouthpiece is a Bach 7c, same as I used in high school.
Doesn't seem to matter if I play loud, or soft. I can end up with a rough double tone on those trouble notes. Doesn't seem to matter if I'm warmed up or not. Doesn't matter whether I play the Schilke, my Getzen Eterna, or an old Bach Strad.
Could I be having an issue with the mouthpiece? I did try some larger mouthpieces with a teacher, but that day, I did not seem to be having problems with the 7c either. My tone was best with the 7c, rather than larger mouthpieces.
Any ideas? I am toying with purchasing a Bach 5c...
Thanks for your suggestions,