Going to uk in three weeks to buy an alto. I am a bit bothered by it now. My plan is to try anything which is priced within my budget without prejudice. I plan to spend up to 1000 pounds. When I try one I may or may not like the sound, how it plays. Presuming it comes with a mouthpiece how much of what I like or dont like might be mouthpiece and how much horn? I thought I might take along a couple of mouthpieces I am familiar with too. But maybe those mouthpieces dont seem the same with that horn. And maybe the reed is a variable too. Its bound to be really. I have never played another instrument but the one I have so I dont know. Also, you cover the mouthpiece with something when you try. Never seen one. Should the shop have this or should I take my own? Do they sell them in Boots?)) I am joking, of course. Seriously, I dont want to spend a week touring the north east music emporia (ums? here we go again) but I dont want to drop a clanger either. Any advice much appreciated, as always.