A few weeks ago I had a very sharp pain on the inside of my lip whilst playing strenuously. It was like being stabbed and i couldn’t play properly after that without further pain. I took it easy for the next 3 weeks and managed to play in the finals at Harrogate but even then had to be careful. As this has happened a couple of times over the last 5 years I was considering giving up the Soprano after the finals. I thought moving to a bigger mouthpiece, Euph size or bigger might be OK. Unfortunately? I got some good reviews so feel I ought to give it one more try. I haven’t played since, I think it may be a torn lip muscle and intend to rest and let it recover fully this time before embarking on a gradual return to playing, long notes etc. I was going to give it a couple of months but wonder if this is too long to go without playing at all, should I just have a couple of minutes every few days after a few weeks. Has anyone else had a similar experience ? I would welcome any ideas or suggestions to mull over before I leave it too late.