Distinguished SOTW Member
I currently play/practise almost daily (mostly my alto) and I've playing for almost 20 years. On tenor I never have problems with endurance, my setup is quite modest, a 6* Link with 2.5 - 3 reeds. On soprano I play a metal Selmer E or HR Link 6. On alto I have a large collection of mouthpieces. I switch mouthpieces a lot on alto (a bad habit, I know..) I've been rehearsing for one gig daily now. On my current Meyer 5 or HR Link 6 (paired with #3 reeds) I get a nice alto sound but if I'm playing longer my embouchure gets tired soon (a one long ballad is sometimes enough, meaning I play the head, few choruses + head). Yesterday I used my 7* Link ("0.090) with 2.5 reeds and I could play all night.. What up with that?? I have loads of mouthpieces (quite trad. designs, med and large chamber ones) from "0.065 to "0.075 but only few big ones (a Link 7* and a Link 8). I like the focused sound of those smaller tips but I just can play longer with those big tips.. Confused!