I’d try different reeds in a softer level and get a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece. It’s appears to be a quality universal mouthpiece at a reasonable price. When you get better and your embouchure improves go to a higher reed level.First of all try a different reed, for now go down to a 1.5 until you get used to a different mouthpiece then if that's ok work up to 2.
If that doesn't work you could get a Yamaha 4C which is very reasonably priced and then work up to your Cannonball mouthpiece.
How new is the Raven,I might be wrong but it's not one of the current range, did you buy from a shop or private sale?
The horn might just need a setup.
Thanks Nikki, depending what I find out tomorrow from the tech, Im gonna do just that... try different reeds and get a different MP.I’d try different reeds in a softer level and get a Yamaha 4C mouthpiece. It’s appears to be a quality universal mouthpiece at a reasonable price. When you get better and your embouchure improves go to a higher reed level.
5J is not for beginners. Sirvalorsax has a video on the 5J for Tenor (.085 tip opening). Sirvalorsax likes and uses his on certain gigs so it is a good mouthpiece that you grow into over time. The Yamaha 4C would be a better beginner mouthpiece.Yes Clive, After looking more closely, and checking cannonball's website I discovered my MP is a CAM 5J with 0.71 opening. I don't really know if its suitable for beginners or not.
I agree but I was advising based on OP finding he couldn't play it now hence the combo of all that is the Cannonball 5J design (not just tip opening) is not yet ok for OP but he might grow into it because, as you say, it is not particularly large tip opening.0.071" is not a particularly large alto tip opening for a beginner (only slightly larger than a Selmer C*), but it is probably larger than your previous mouthpiece