If you play softly, your instrument will go sharp. Is it possible to get a new instrument for practice and tune it REALLY flat so that you can play it quietly? Of course you’ll have to adjust the reed height as well.
On my instrument, I have tuned the higher notes flat because they were sounding so loud. I think can get a more mellow tone this way as well. However I have not taken my instrument to the extreme… I think I have a couple of extra reed plates. I may experiment with this to see if I can accomplish two things: 1. Quieter instrument and 2. Mellower tone.
Before I try, does anyone have any experience with this?