Here we are again: FAQs.
Get really good at time management. Understand that you will have no free time. As a music major, you have no free time with only one instrument. You’ll have to double that practice amount if you add on a second.
I personally love Vandoren mouthpieces. If you want something that’s really similar to the B45, the B40 and B40 Lyre are great. If you want something completely different from that mouthpiece, the M15, M13, and M13 Lyre are great. I personally play on the M13 Lyre currently. Remember to have an appropriate reed strength when trying these mouthpieces. They will require a different size than the B45. The B40/Lyre will need about a half strength softer than what you use on the B45 and the M series will need about a strength and a half higher. When in doubt, consult this chart.