Great post indeed 1saxman.
I find myself in the same position generally. Although I do play in softer settings a fair amount so it's good to have something you can dial back a little.
But I've always found it harder to get bright and loud sound out of a mouthpiece that doesn't want to give that to you then it is to dial back and play delicately on a piece that is normally fairly aggressive sounding.
Trying to get blood from a stone kind of deal.