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aldevis

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Does anyone know something about Hayes mouthpieces?
The were made by Harry Hayes, when he had a shop in Shaftebury Ave.
I have one in my hands (not mine) and sounds quite well: kind of Otto Link, but better. Different design, though.

The strange thing is that I cannot find any reference online.
 

Justin Chune

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A friend gave me a cassette tape of recordings made by Harry during the war years and they are well worth a listen. Nice small group swing with Harry Hayes playing alto sax. If his mouthpieces are as good as his playing they'll do.

Jim.
 

Morgan Fry

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Willie Garnett was telling me about a mouthpiece they were making back in those days. Don't remember the details but it was that sort of piece and from what I recall it could well have been the one you're talking about. He still has some of the blanks, I think.
 

aldevis

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Willie Garnett was telling me about a mouthpiece they were making back in those days. Don't remember the details but it was that sort of piece and from what I recall it could well have been the one you're talking about. He still has some of the blanks, I think.
I am borrowing mine from Willie, but he seems to be the only person to know about them (he used to work with HH).
They are quite interesting: kind of square diaphragm, steep floor on a big chamber. Cast as a link (soldered halves).

The one I have sounds very rich, but has a facing that is not for me.
 

rhysonsax

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I am borrowing mine from Willie, but he seems to be the only person to know about them (he used to work with HH).
They are quite interesting: kind of square diaphragm, steep floor on a big chamber. Cast as a link (soldered halves).

The one I have sounds very rich, but has a facing that is not for me.
I've got a recording and a transcription of Harry Hayes playing his tune 'Five Flat Flurry' - pretty good stuff.

Could you take some pictures of the mouthpiece - it sounds unusual and interesting ?

Rhys
 

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I've seen quite a few of these, it seemed for a while whenever I bought an used horn, a Harry Hayes would be lurking at the bottom of the case somewhere looking sorry for itself. Rather stuffy sounding usually with quite a closed tip. I don't think
 

flamingoer

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This brought back memories - not about mouthpieces but Harry Hayes. Somewhere
there lurks a 78 by Harry of his 'Homeward Bound' I used to play it all day long.
Must have a good spring clean and see if it turns up. Course then I'll have to
get a 78 player. Perhaps I'll just hum it!
 

aldevis

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Update:
I tried one with a good facing and it sounds really well; I will try messing around with different reeds.
Mr Garnett has some blanks, but mostly has one piece as it came out from the cast: impressive.
I will ask him if I can take some pictures to be posted here.

I have few top tenor mouthpieces around now, so comparisons will be tough.
 

aldevis

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This brought back memories - not about mouthpieces but Harry Hayes. Somewhere
there lurks a 78 by Harry of his 'Homeward Bound' I used to play it all day long.
Must have a good spring clean and see if it turns up. Course then I'll have to
get a 78 player. Perhaps I'll just hum it!
Please do not get rid of your 78s.
If you find it, I will be happy to organize a conversion to digital.
 
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