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Not that I want to interrupt your digressions, but I tried some of the other mouthpieces I have on my Lightweight 400 and have identified at least one decent, bright alternative to my usual piece. If I sail through rehearsal with it, I'll know fairly well that my theory was correct.
Buescher Lightweight 400
Other Buescher horns 1939--1955
Al Cass 1-28 mouthpiece
Humes and Berg mutes
I am with Robin on this one. When I play lower parts I am listening or trying to make the lead sound better or the section fuller. There's quite a bit of finese involved in the cluster chords ... knowig how much is enough to feel the dissonance but not flip the chord. If the whole section is playing too bright it makes it tough. There is the possibility that the section is just playing too loud, something I find annoying.
You might try recording a session and see who the mix is.
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