I've recently begun doubling with a small "big band" and find my clarinet just doesn't cut through even when I blow as hard as I dare. I'm using a Vandoren 5rvLyre piece. My instructor's B45 doesn't seem much better. I know that Vandoren has a 5jb, but the one I've heard really didn't have a good tone. Also, I wonder whether a low intermediate player can handle such a big opening. So... does anyone have a suggestion for something affordable that will really project but isn't so "wild" that a non-professional can control it?