I couldn't bring myself to photograph the damage, so you'll just have to take my word for it that less than 48 hours ago, this end of the horn was looking utterly incapable of hitting anything underneath low D:
Because it was. Utterly incapable of hitting anything underneath low D, that is. But thanks to some pretty heroic work from Portland's Adam Montminy, I'm now back in action with the full range of the instrument at my disposal. All together now – one big collective sigh of relief.