As you no doubt have noticed the trombone world has changed massively in your absence in respect of equipment and playing demands
What is your practice routine? Have you had a lesson or two? I ask this as many things you think you used to do without thinking about you have...
Treatment of a sore is different to why I use carmex, sadly the version we get here in the UK is different to that in the states which to me gives a better feeling
If you have a cold sore (herpes) not much you can do except use a good treatment such as blisteze and not play until healed...
Denis, you will not be the only one feeling this........ As I said in my first post is people do not already have a solid practice regime and have relied on the twice weekly band practice and contest/concerts hen they will come unstuck
The biggest issue, is that even with a practice schedule...
Sadly I didn't get too study with Fletch, at the time he died (1987 time flies) I was studying with Patrick Harrild if you haven't listened to Patrick's recording of the RVW's you really should
Jim Gourlay is also a monster player
John, my father is still playing at 88 and has redisigned his garden including putting in a pond all this he has done himself, and has kept his practice at about an hour a day unless he has over done it in the garden......maybe you should pick your horn up again
This lockdown period will have caused problems for those who do not have a solid practice regime, or have relied on the twice a week rehearsal plus concerts/contests too keep chops in shape
Remember all those 'trombone players have a gig' joke? Now the rest of the band knows what it's like
I have the Wallace adjustable mute fits my old 10.5 inch bell just fine, allows you to adjust the resistance bought it new from eBay for not a lot...... It does sound like you where sold the tenor version
Another option is the Shhh mutes, lightweight but great mutes
Firstly do you want small medium or large bore? Looking at the type of ensembles either a medium .525 or large bore .547 would suit but personal preference is the thing
Of those listed the Yamaha 630 at .525 would be good, although I would look more to a used pro level horn like a Bach 36...