OK...this is going to take a little brain-power from you guys who have been playing forever. I played tenor incessantly for 15 years or so, then stopped for 10 years, and now I'm back in, playing occasionally with a big band (Missouri Jazz Orchestra, or MOJO...check them out on facebook). I used to use #3.5 and #3 reeds all the time. My old mouthpiece is a Ponzol hard rubber with a 105 facing. I find that now, I need to use #2.5 reeds (Rico Royal), because #3s are too hard, but the #2.5s wear out too quickly, and they're too forgiving...I can't blow as loud as I used to, because I feel like they're going to clam up. If I buy a new Ponzol HR in a 100 or 95 facing, will that allow me to use #3 reeds with the same ease as the #2.5s play now? Unfortunately, I don't live in a town big enough where there's a store I can test them in, so I have to rely on the opinions of others. Any advice will be helpful. Thanks!