After nearly 4 years of not playing AT ALL, I finally got my French horn out again and have been playing just a few minutes every couple days. I'm surprised I'm not in as bad of shape as I thought I would be. I have no endurance, but the sound quality is still pretty much there. The kids love when I get out my horn, and I've let them play around on it too. The fact that Eli can get any real sound out at all is pretty fantastic, in my opinion. And what Hannah does is just adorable! Enjoy!