The "not knowing" was bugging me so I bought a china metal #6 mouthpiece for $30. It's beautiful. I washed it in hot water and dawn, twice. It has a plastic bite plate which is harder that the rubber I normally use which allowed the mp to slip in my mouth (I eventually put a rubber on top of the plastic). The outside dimensions are a lot smaller than my others, so taking in more mp is easier, so now I can understand what Pete was saying about beginners having problems with that. Boy is this thing loud. I'm forcing myself to use plastic reeds now for a while and put a signature 2 on this mp. The tone was raucous and unpleasant and I started using Phil's ideas of lots of mp (lip touching the ramp). I worked with it for 30 minutes until I noticed that my lips were tingling, so I took it off and covered it completely with spit letting it sit over nite. Next day washed it off and no more tingling, further it sounded better and was easier to blow(reporting what I noticed, not making any claims here). I notice that I need more force with my air to get the first note to sound, but I don't notice it after the first note. After a week it is now just another mp. Nothing bad to say about it. I now understand how a 6 is different from a 5 and how they are different from a Yamaha 5C. I do not know if I will continue to use it as it forces me to use more air and I seem to run out fast. I also understand that GAS is a real problem for me...I just counted 20 mp on my stand along with the 5 saxes. It's a good thing I don't drink or gamble as self restraint seems missing in my dna.