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Berg Larsen alto mpc SS 80/1 M offset bullet style chamber in excellent condition

squeak

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I have for sale a Berg Larsen alto saxophone mouthpiece 80/1 M offset (1960s) with bullet style chamber. There is virtually no corrosion. Biteplate has been replaced with a white one some time in the past. I don't know the history of the piece. My reason for selling is that I have limited time for practicing and have decided to concentrate as much as possible on tenor and not mess around too much with gear on alto. I have attached a couple of pics. The biteguard has been replaced and the slight smudge underneath at the edge cleaned off (no tooth marks). I doubt you will find pieces from this era that are much cleaner. Tip and rails unblemished.

$200 - 100% minus PayPal fees will be donated to Pete's charity. Buyer pays shipping.

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bodak

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I have for sale a Berg Larsen alto saxophone mouthpiece 80/1 M offset (1960s) with bullet style chamber. There is virtually no corrosion. Biteplate has been replaced with a white one some time in the past. I don't know the history of the piece. My reason for selling is that I have limited time for practicing and have decided to concentrate as much as possible on tenor and not mess around too much with gear on alto. I have attached a couple of pics. The biteguard has been replaced and the slight smudge underneath at the edge cleaned off (no tooth marks). I doubt you will find pieces from this era that are much cleaner. Tip and rails unblemished.

$200 - 100% minus PayPal fees will be donated to Pete's charity. Buyer pays shipping.

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Hi,is it a slant signature,how do you know its 1960.
Regards.
 

squeak

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Hi,is it a slant signature,how do you know its 1960.
Regards.
No, it isn't a slant. I thought these were (much) older. My understanding that Bergs stopped having the M/SMS offset from around 1970. I own a Berg Baritone from that time and it still has the coarse mill marks but the M is in-line.

After a closer look, I must admit that this alto piece does look suspiciously perfect for a Berg and the markings fine. I suppose someone might have worked on it, but whomever did knew what (s)he he was doing.

BTW, I am 'brasscane" from SOTW.
 

squeak

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This is still for sale with the full amount minus PayPal donated to Pete's charity. Contrary to my statement above, I do not believe it has been refaced. I have found a Rovner that fits and even with the Rovner (I happen to like them), the piece plays like gangbusters.

To Pete: in case you should stumble across this thread and have an interest in selling the piece through your web-site, I will be happy to send it to you from within Europe at no expense to you.
 

squeak

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Zero interest. So perhaps the price is too high even though it did not come cheaply and I have asked Mark Sepinuck on how to price it reasonably. I will leave it here until the end of the month and then pull the plug on the sale/donation if not sold. Meanwhile, feel free to make me an offer. I will entertain anything remotely reasonable. Just don't flip it for personal gain please.
 

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Hi, I think the problem you have is that the majority of regulars on this forum are based in Europe. I presume that because you've priced in dollars, you're in the US. If I were to buy the piece from you, it would cost about £125 at today's exchange rate. But then there's the problem that I'd get charged VAT on import at 20%, plus a customs handling charge. With shipping costs, that's about £180 (or nearly $290). The new price of these mouthpieces is £150-£180, and you can get them from Germany for about £130 shipped. OK, you'd probably have to play a few until you found a really good one, (and yours may well still be a better piece).

You've made an incredibly generous offer with the donation, and I hope it finds a good home, but maybe the above explains why there hasn't been much interest.

Jon
 

squeak

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Hi, I think the problem you have is that the majority of regulars on this forum are based in Europe. I presume that because you've priced in dollars, you're in the US. If I were to buy the piece from you, it would cost about £125 at today's exchange rate. But then there's the problem that I'd get charged VAT on import at 20%, plus a customs handling charge. With shipping costs, that's about £180 (or nearly $290). The new price of these mouthpieces is £150-£180, and you can get them from Germany for about £130 shipped. OK, you'd probably have to play a few until you found a really good one, (and yours may well still be a better piece).

You've made an incredibly generous offer with the donation, and I hope it finds a good home, but maybe the above explains why there hasn't been much interest.

Jon
Thanks, Jon! Not terribly clever, but it never occurred to me but I should state that I am presently in the EU and it will ship from within the EU if it sells before the end of this month (November 2012). As far as price goes, I think it is generally accepted that the earlier ones were better and, regardless, the pieces with offset M/SMS markings fetch higher prices. In any case, new price is 150 Euros including shipping and I will still entertain offers. Thanks again and best wishes.
 

kevgermany

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This is soooo tempting. If it's not sold by the 26th, I'll make an offer. But I really shouldn't.
 

jonf

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Thanks, Jon! Not terribly clever, but it never occurred to me but I should state that I am presently in the EU and it will ship from within the EU if it sells before the end of this month (November 2012). As far as price goes, I think it is generally accepted that the earlier ones were better and, regardless, the pieces with offset M/SMS markings fetch higher prices. In any case, new price is 150 Euros including shipping and I will still entertain offers. Thanks again and best wishes.
Aha! That puts a whole different slant on things.
 

squeak

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Thread is dead. A bit confused as I never received a single offer on this; not even a really low one. I think I will offer the mpc on SOTW later with 50:50 to Pete and SOTW. In any case, thanks to the posters above for the help and clarifications.
 

kevgermany

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Sorry it didn't sell, it was a really generous offer.

I hope you saw my pm explaining why I couldn't make an offer after all.
 

squeak

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Yes, thank you, I completely understand. Apologies for not replying but I seem to lack some privileges in terms of what I may and may not do on this forum. In any case, it was worth a try.
 
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