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Are you sure you';re not biting? Is your lower lip sore after you play for a while? It shouldn';t be.

I don’t know much about Selmer C mpc. Is it equivalent to a Yamaha 4C?
 

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I'm a professional Sax player. I would know if I'm biting.

I don't know anything about Yamaha mouthpieces, or any other mouthpieces for that matter. Just kept with what I got.
 

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When you say 'soft' do you mean the notes aren't speaking as clearly/cleanly as they did, say, a month ago..... ?
 

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Well, the Selmer C* is not a very open mouthpiece. If you have a tendency to bite you may find it closing up on you.

I'll recommend my standard go-to:

Long tones and interval exercises, over the full range of the horn, from pppp to ffff.

If you learn how to control the reed you can play very loud on a relatively closed setup.
 

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My Tenor's high range feels a bit on the soft side, but the real problem is the middle and low (Especially D with octave key). I use strength 3 red java reeds with a Selmer C* mouthpiece. This has been happening over the past month and it's gotten worse. I tried a few different red 3's as well as some stronger reeds, but the stronger ones give me lung pains when playing, and the other red 3's were no good either. Would a different mouthpiece fix this? I feel like I need a bigger tip opening as I can't put any pressure on the reed while playing without it closing up on me.

What are my options?

Thanks. :)
Are you a new player?
 

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There’re opportunities for a string of WAGs here:

1). Reeds are expired, used up, dead.
2). Horn has leaks.
3). Embouchure.
4). Air support - your lungs should not hurt, ever. If they do, something is really wrong.

That you are 2 years into playing the sax underscores that you are now reinforcing bad habits and techniques.

I suggest that you seek help from someone that can hear/watch what you are doing, and get you on track to succeed.
 

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Thanks all for the replies. I've been playing for longer than 2 years, my current horn is just 2 years old to me. The problem was fixed by changing from a rubber ligature to a metal one. If someone can explain why that worked, that'd be great.

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I think that the tip opening is the difference, rather than the material from which the mouth piece is made. A Selmer C* is fairly close, 48 - 55, maybe. What brand is the metal mouth piece?
 

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Thanks all for the replies. I've been playing for longer than 2 years, my current horn is just 2 years old to me. The problem was fixed by changing from a rubber ligature to a metal one. If someone can explain why that worked, that'd be great.

I think that the tip opening is the difference, rather than the material from which the mouth piece is made. A Selmer C* is fairly close, 48 - 55, maybe. What brand is the metal mouth piece?
He switched to a metal LIGATURE, not mouthpiece. Of course that holds the reed more tightly, improving the response. I experience the same going from a Rovner to a metal ligature.
 
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