Darker, louder alternatives to a Meyer (for alto)
I currently play on a Meyer 5 for my alto, which I love, especially the tone, but I’ve found that I can’t cut through as lead alto in a big band, and it’s a little but quieter than I’d like it to be. I didn’t have time or money to go searching for a good mouthpiece for All-State’s which was coming up so I bought a Rico Metalite, which I like but it’s a bit too open for my liking and only likes to play loud. Now that I have time and a slightly larger budget, preferably $150 max, I need a new mouthpiece that I can use in a variety of situations, but I’d ultimately like it to have a similar tone to my Meyer, maybe a tad bit darker. I’ve been eyeing the Vandoren V16, but any other alternatives that fit my budget would be nice.