Hello from Wisconsin, the land of breezes, freezes, and cheeses. My friends call me Stephan, other people use different terms.
Unfortunately I registered & posted before introducing myself. Too eager to ask my question, I guess. Anyway, here's the intro.
I began on cornet in 1962 during 7th grade at the age of 11. Put my Bundy cornet in its case after graduating in 1968. Have played on & off since then.
Took a few lessons in college, some of which used a couple pages of Peters "Total Range." Using the first sections works as a good warm up.
I have more instruments than good sense: 4 Bb trumpets including a rotary & a pocket, 3 Bb cornets, C trumpet & cornet, Eb trumpet, piccolo trumpet, Bb slide trumpet. Also own an assortment of miscellaneous wind instruments including (gasp) a clarinet, Furst-Pless horn, bugle, cornetto, didgeridoo, alto horn, euphonium, fluglehorn, shofar, natural trumpet, replica Egyptian trumpet, recorder, various keyed harmonicas, etc. Whew! They range in quality from pro to near TSO. None of which I'm very good at.
I have a similarly large collection of (dusty) method books. None of which have enabled me to be a good player.
My wife has stayed by my side for 48 years while I was a factory worker, Bible college student, missionary, and pastor. She even likes my trumpet playing!
I'm in a wonderful situation. I have lots toys and people excuse my odd behavior and lack of skills to my age. Kind of like when I was two.