Just a quick playing history- I played the cornet from the age of 8 - 18 and became a fairly competent player. However, I then gave up playing completely for the next 12 years. A few years ago I started playing again, this time on Euphonium. Unfortunately, the band I play for became short of cornet players last September which resulted in me volunteering to play the instrument, thinking that it wouldn't take too long to get to grips with the thing again. WRONG! I now have the tone of an asthmatic rhino, a comfortable range of 5 notes ( C-G) and a lip that starts going after c. 10 mins. I've listened to the advice that often appears on tMP but to no avail (even though some of it appears contradictory). I'd appreciate opinions on whether I should give these pieces of advice a certain amount of time to see if they work, do whatever seems comfortable and hope that eventually things will sort themselves out, or give brass instruments a wide berth and take up the Chinese Yang Qin instead! Why is it that what used to seem natural, should now be an ordeal for myself and anyone within a 5 mile radius?!