I'm currently learning to play on a Besson New Standard, with an Alliance B6 mouthpiece, and finding myself a bit between a rock and a hard place. Background; started on it last October, but lost a good 2 / 3 months due to heart surgery (February), followed by severe chest infection (early March; I'm not in the first flush of youth, either - see avatar!) From bottom G through C to middle G and then up to middle C I can manage, but that's when I have problems with air leaking out at the right side of my mouth unless I either: 1: brace my embouchure really hard - which is knackering; or 2: press the mouthpiece harder against my mouth for the higher notes - which is knackering and painful. At the mo, the maximum I can practise for is 30 - 40 minutes, at the end of which I feel shattered. I've tried looking at the info put out by different mouthpiece makers, but they seem to suggest this one for players wanting a rich sound, or that one for a bright sound, or the other one for those with strong embouchures - none of them seem to have noticed that there are beginners around, with weak embouchures, who'd like to be able to practise for a reasonable length of time without feeling as though they'd been humping sacks of coal - and who'd be happy, for the time being, to get a reasonable sound of any description! So here's my question; do I just keep slogging on until my lip muscles toughen up? Or do you think a smaller or different shaped mouthpiece would help me bridge the gap from where I am now to where I can cope with a mouthpiece which would make me sound like the foghorn off the QE2? Thanks in advance, Jack E.