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BeBopSop

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Hi all, can anyone recommend an alto m.p. which is rounded, smooth, dark, mellow, not stuffy though, and can be played quietly without effort of trying to play quietly. I suppose a sort of classical sound? or a sort of Paul desmond sound ( I know, you have to 'be him' to sound like him) but you know what I mean.
thanks:headscratch:
 

jonf

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Try a Bari Esprit - minimal cost and a nice sound. I like them.
 

BeBopSop

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Hi all, can anyone recommend an alto m.p. which is rounded, smooth, dark, mellow, not stuffy though, and can be played quietly without effort of trying to play quietly. I suppose a sort of classical sound? or a sort of Paul desmond sound ( I know, you have to 'be him' to sound like him) but you know what I mean.
thanks:headscratch:

just noticed I had won a Selmer C** on ebay, so I think that should fit the job....
 

Chris98

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Would suggest the Phil Tone Solstice, I've been really happy with my alto set up since I got mine, just wish I could land on the right mouthpiece for the tenor!

Best of luck with the Selmer C**
 

BeBopSop

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Would suggest the Phil Tone Solstice, I've been really happy with my alto set up since I got mine, just wish I could land on the right mouthpiece for the tenor!

Best of luck with the Selmer C**

I have the Phil-Tone Custom Meyer 5. which I like, but just needed a mp for quiet practice playing, I think the selmer C** should do it.. Is there a Solstice available for the tenor?
 

TomMapfumo

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Hi John!

Phil's website is not yet fully updated. In addition to those listed there are the following tenor mouthpieces, details of which you may find on SOTW if you look up Phil-Tone via the search button:

1. The metal Tribute, produced collaboratively with Theo Wanne - based on an early Florida STM Link.
2. The Isotope - a higher baffle version of the Equinox - my favourite.
3. The Sapphire - related loosely to a Link Tone - Edge, but much higher quality as you might expect.
4. The Solar Eclipse - more baffle than the Eclipse.

Always best to email him directly if you want any info - great to relate to but not the best administrator in the world, as he readily admits.
 
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NigelMcGill

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Your C* is a good starting point. Can't go wrong with that. But a Selmer D will give you a warmer sound. Try a harder reed to get the Paul Desmond sound.
 

BeBopSop

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Your C* is a good starting point. Can't go wrong with that. But a Selmer D will give you a warmer sound. Try a harder reed to get the Paul Desmond sound.

Hi, its a C**, but does a wider tip opening change the sound?
 

NigelMcGill

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Hey John
The C** has a bigger sound. I prefer it actually to the C*. See what you think. Personally I prefer a wider tip opening with a softer reed anyway.
 

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I have the Phil-Tone Custom Meyer 5. which I like, but just needed a mp for quiet practice playing,

Personally, I consider using a different mouthpiece just for practicing unhealthy: are you developing an embouchure for the Meyer or for the S80?
The art of swapping mouthpiece (or instrument) is not that easy.

I would rather recommend a softer reed, learning hoe to control it.
 

BeBopSop

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Personally, I consider using a different mouthpiece just for practicing unhealthy: are you developing an embouchure for the Meyer or for the S80?
The art of swapping mouthpiece (or instrument) is not that easy.

I would rather recommend a softer reed, learning hoe to control it.

Yes I wondered about that, if it becomes a problem I will stick to just one.
 

BeBopSop

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Personally, I consider using a different mouthpiece just for practicing unhealthy: are you developing an embouchure for the Meyer or for the S80?
The art of swapping mouthpiece (or instrument) is not that easy.

I would rather recommend a softer reed, learning hoe to control it.

Well that didnt work out! didnt like the sound after the meyer,best to stick to the one m.p. I think,learn to play quiet on the one I have.get used to, and familiar with one m.p. (some of us take a long time to learn these things):blush:
 

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Going forwards is so much easier than going backwards, but sometimes we learn from going backwards - primarily we learn NOT to go backwards. Playing quiet is a good discipline to develop!
 

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Hi, its a C**, but does a wider tip opening change the sound?

Selmer C* is 0.067", C** 0.071". Both narrow tip openings. I'd doubt I'd notice much difference between them - 4 thou of an inch difference is a pretty miniscule difference.
 

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And yet they make them for a reason. Does 0.1mm sound bigger. They are French after all
 

BeBopSop

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Well that didnt work out! didnt like the sound after the meyer,best to stick to the one m.p. I think,learn to play quiet on the one I have.get used to, and familiar with one m.p. (some of us take a long time to learn these things):blush:

UPDATE..I actualy quite like this Selmer C** after playing it for a while.....I tend to make snap decisions before giving these things a fair time... It has quite a nice mellow/dark rounded sound (I sound like Paul desmond now) I prefer it to the Meyer at time of going to press!:blush::blush:
 

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