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mallyjames

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hi all;happy new website.i have been using a selmer c 80* ebonite mpc for some time now.i managed to get from e bay a metal one with an 8 lay.i know it,s a bit of a big leap but i find i can play it fairly easily with a rico 3 reed.what do you think about using a metal mpc with an alto sax.i really like the brightish tone it has.what are the plusses and minusses of using a metal mcp apart from it looking good.the mpc was only £20 due to some small scratches on the underside.it was brand new and looks very much like a selmer classic;very similar lig as well.got it from usa.any comments?
 

griff136

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a picture would be nice but if you like the way it plays for you then great. BTW Andy Sheppard plays on a no name brazillian metal mouthpiece that he had refaced by ted klum.
 

Pete Thomas

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I used to use a Lawton metal mouthpiece, but it was not bright. You can't really generalise about metal mouthpieces as they are all so different. The metal itself doesn't impart any particular tone characteristic.
 
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mallyjames

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hi griff;i have looked on several websites showing metal mpc,s and it really looks like a selmer classic;same three band lig.has a black bite patch incorperated on the topside.my teacher says the same as you;horses for courses.it blows well in all registers.ty for your helpful reply.mally
 
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mallyjames

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i suppose pete,that name or cost is not an issue if the saxplayer is very happy with it.bearing in mind that what suits me may not suit other people.
 

Djangette

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Mally you're right and Pete's right, from what little I know ...

... the actual material of the mouthpiece has not much bearing, the lay also, you can tweak that with reed, shave a little if you like

No one can tell you what mp/reed combo is good for you, only yourself - it's worth trying and finding out and selling on if it don't work move on
 

Richard Perks

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Along the same lines as all. I used a Berg Larsen metal mthpce (100/2) since 1959 and it played great (doesn't break when you drop it:sax:) Well as in a previous post eons ago I got an RPC from Ron, yes it took 10mths to get done, and have played it for 3 mths. Picked up the Berg Larsen and it felt horrible..... dead and no quality, using same strength reeds Rico Royal 2/12. Really means nothing than I think you get used to what you are playikng.:confused:
 
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TonyMoroney

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Hiya,

I was playing an Otto Link HR 5* for that last year or so, and enjoyed it. But when I recently bought a tenor with a not-so-perfect mpc, I decided to buy an Otto STM, and loved it so much I bought an Otto STM to replace the HR.

I couldn't tell you what or how it's different, but I find it easier and more enjoyable to play. I'm very happy on metal.

Just my 2 cents

T.
 
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