So, I got a gig... Playing conch, of all things. I was wondering if there were any tips on giving a good performance. The part starts in forte then repeats in pianissimo, followed by a crescendo. I find this challenging on the instrument. I polished up the mouthpiece (600 grit) which helped quite a bit, so it is sounding good. I am just wondering if there are any other tricks that I might have missed. I got the part because I could play conch, however the rest of the piece I play percussion, so I have to set the conch down and pick up the sticks too. I am thinking about using a heavier music stand to set it on, for easier access, as well as the visual curiosity.