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Try playing long tones with a tuner in front of you. Start each long tone at a medium soft volume, then crescendo to the point that the note starts to go flat. Work at keeping the pitch in place as you push your limits.

Keep in mind that the Selmer S80 is generally a classical mouthpiece and not designed for loud jazz or rock playing. You might try a Meyer #6 mouthpiece. Most folks can get all the volume they're looking for with this piece (unless you are playing in a loud rock band).

As far as reeds are concerned, I would not recommend going softer than a 3, especially if you've been playing for more than a year. With a reed that's too soft, you'll find it more difficult to keep the pitch stable.

Randy
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