Whenever I have blown into an alto mouthpiece, of varying tip sizes with different strengths of reeds, I have never been able to reach the desired "A" pitch without biting to an extent that is uncomfortable. I have experimented with every embouchure, tongue, and thoat configuration that I can think of without any success. I use proper voicings and get a great sound that I love, but as I reach the upper register I have to start biting, with the palm keys being nearly impossible to play without significant pressure from my teeth. When I blow into the mouthpiece by itself my pitch usually lands around an "E" or "F". This made me begin to wonder something. Can an alto mouthpiece be made to have a standard pitch above "A", while still producing a good tone that works well throughout the registers? If I always go flat while blowing into a mouthpiece, would a mouthpiece that's been pitched higher fix the upper register biting problems that I encounter?