If any of you have ever stopped playing for more than a few weeks you'll know where I'm coming from... I hadn't touched my flugel (apart from moving the box from one house to the other) in a couple of years until last Monday. I decided that this was the time to start actually playing the thing instead of making excuses, so I got it out. I was amazed that the valves were still working perfectly - just had to give them a wipe and stick some oil on, and all the slides are still grand too (I guess Courtois really do make good instruments). Unfortunately, what wasn't working perfectly was ME! After days of exercises and buzzing I finally managed to play something melodic yesterday, but I still have a long way to go before it's all second nature again, and my sound is still very rough. I think this is worse than learning to play the first time, since I can remember how easy it all used to be rather than it all being new and I didn't know any better! So, has anyone else been through this? How long did it take before you felt able to play in front of other people again? Do you have any tips for me? I'm being really careful about not overstretching myself, my range seems to be okish up to G above the stave so far, I'm spending time working on my sound and production, and doing loads of flexibility exercises. Also: woot, I'm a flugel player again (sort of)!