I am going through a really poor playing patch and don`t know what to do. The high register has gone, the tuning and intonation is dire and all over the place and the sound is poor. I do practice every day though not as much as before the Areas when it was usually an hour. Currently on a 3fl Wick with a large bore Conn instrument. MD wants me to go to a 4fl (was originally on a 2) but it feels and sounds thin and weedy and rubbish. (Maybe it needs more time?) Before I give up playing can anyone tell me if this is normal to go through a bad time or is it just time to retire?