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I also have a longer piece (Rico) that is just under 3" and it will not even come close to proper tuning and no amount of embouchure support will get it there.
Please excuse me for not reading the whole thread but I noticed this comment about the Rico. IME, the Rico Graftonite and Metalite mouthpieces are just too frickin' long, especially for vintage sopranos. I have used several (many?) of these for refacing experiments and the first thing I do is chop 1cm off the shank. I also grind quite a bit from inside the chamber to keep it from butting into the end of the horn's neck. These suckers may work on some modern sopranos, but for me, they don't work with vintage sopranos without significant mods.
 
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