An update, although it seems some might care less.
I am not getting a metal mouthpiece, for my director thinks I'm not ready for it. I'll take his advice and get one down the road. I should have my LaVoix within two weeks (I hope). Still waiting for the tax refund, but it only takes WWBW 10 days to ship a horn, so as soon as I get the check the money will be sent, cleared, then shipped. Not much longer. But it won't be soon enough for me.
Take care and happy saxophoning!