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I have a trevor james The Horn
i recently bought a vandoren optimum al4 mouthpiece and play on vandoren classic 2 reeds.

Since ive bought the new mouthpiece i have struggled tounging the notes above high Eb

when buying the mouthpiece the store did say there might be a problem with the sax as the same mouthpiece did work on other saxes. my old mouthpiece was the stock trevor james one and before i was playing on 3 reeds. is it the mouthpiece and the fact that its new and i need to change the way i play slightly or is it the sax itself?
 

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Also, know that the Vandoren AL4 is still a relatively closed mouthpiece. The stiffer reed will help prevent you from tightening your embouchure too much and closing off the opening. I think that is the reasoning behind the harder reed.
 
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