I came very late to start playing a tenor about 10 years ago when I was 50
Like most , I suppose, I started with a narrow tip opening mouthpiece--can't remember but it was cheap and nasty--and as I got slowly better I got a vintage Brilhart Tonalin at about 80 thou ( cream in colour ) and one of those supposedy " Vintage " Otto Link ebonite--one of the new ones, again 6* so about 90 thou
Rather than muck about and spend loads of cash on this and that mouthpiece, the choice is endless, as I improved I simply moved up in reed strength
I now play La Voz hard or Rico Royal 4--as an aside one thing I have noticed is that going up to harder reeds has meant you get a lot better reeds straight out of the box.
I am happy with my sound--its what I want to hear--I can play very soft and subtone easily and for the sort of music I play--mostly old standards--- I and my small audiences seem happy--in a small hall I play the Otto Link and if I want a bit more push then actually the Tonalin gives me that, even though they are supposed to play soft--its almost opposite to what I expected
When I trawl through this site I see loads of players playing mouthpieces with tip openings way over 100 thou
My question is this--what tonal differences would I get by making that reversal and going to a much wider tip opening and softer reeds
PLEASE guys I dont want this to descend into a" this mouthpieces is better etc etc squable"
Thats not the point of the question
Its simply the difference in tonal quality that I am asking about--or is it just volume ??