Good day to you Manny and the rest of you fine folxs on TM. After completing some practicing today, workin' on tuning, sound, etc, I had a thought for a discussion topic. I have found that through relaxing and playing the horn in the center of pitch (CoP) that I am louder (proven by decibal meter) and have more endurance. I've always known this was true, I just decided to prove it. So, let's get some talk about it goin. Playin' lead in rock/jazz groups I often find myself tryin' to force things whether to be heard or whatever and my playing gets thin and out of tune. By relaxing, it seems like I'm playing softer (but I'm really not) and right on target tuning wise. I've also played for a while with one earplug in which let's me hear better and all... ok, just thought I'd share. Peace all.