Anyone who saw my last thread knows that there comes a time when your favourite mouthpiece needs replating and so my Bach 1G Bass Trom mouthpiece has flown the nest and been sent to the UK. Consequently prior to my Band practice I was feverishly contacting my twin bro and fellow Bass Trombonist (Arniesarnies) to beg him for a substitute. When you have played through the same mouthpiece for about 20 years you dread a public practice with a substitute and so I found myself very nervous and apologising in advance to the MD and Baritone players sat infront of me.My bro came up with a Bach 1 1/2 G mouthpiece, freshly out of the boiled water. Suffice is to say I attempted to play in the same style as I always do, relaxed agression, putting through the piece my usual volume of air to attain my usual sound....oh dear. It was our Bands first read through of the 1st Section National Area Testpiece " Mountain Views" and I was looking forward to doing the piece justice. In the quieter passages I found the mouthpiece ok in the higher passages and in the lower parts adequate. Unfortunately when I needed more volume and some edge I found the air I was putting in seemed to be restricting the flow and almost circulating in the cup resulting in the sort of noise you expect to hear prior to Christmas when strangling turkeys or when gargling tcp. I have always strived to produce a nicely balanced warm sound with a little edge when necessary but found this almost impossible on the 1 1/2 G. I do realise I haven't practiced with that mouthpiece anywhere near long enough to produce anything like my best sound but am contemplating dodging my next Band practice until my old faithful 1G comes back to me re-plated. Does anyone else have a similar tale to tell?? I hear a few of you saying.."Bah any real musician should be able to make a nice sound on any equipment..." but I don't mind telling you I struggled.