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I have a B&S Guardala alto but have never been happy with the tone. I've tried a few different mouthpieces -- Meyer 5, Vandoren V16 6, 10mfan Daddy-O 6, and a bunch of others -- but something is missing with all of them. The timbre is kind of shrill and lacks body, warmth and color. The other day I tried playing this horn with my tenor mouthpiece, a metal Link 8*, and suddenly I was getting something much closer to the full-bodied tone I want. Of course, the intonation is all over the place, so simply using the tenor piece isn't going to work. But maybe this is a clue for what to look for in an alto piece? Given this knowledge, what alto pieces would you try? More generally, does the fact that a tenor piece sounds good on this horn mean I should be looking for a large chamber alto piece / other general characteristics like that?