I was just reading in my paper about possible gas shortages in the UK and now we have a surplus of GAS in the North and South.
I bought a used Morgan Fry Rhodium piece and it is very nice - beautiful to look at and fine to play. For the Jazz+ I think that I would go for a bigger tip opening, especially as this new model has a bit more baffle.
Rhys can you just explain the tip opening reasoning please for the benefit of ignorancia like me
A mouthpiece with lots of baffle means that there is less air gap between the reed and the roof of the mouthpiece. This seems to have the effect of speeding up the air flow for a given blowing pressure and that makes the mouthpiece less resistant to play. Some people talk about the Bernouilli effect, but I don't know whether that is the scientific reason.
Anyway, a 7* mouthpiece with no or very little baffle would seem about as resistant as an 8* (or bigger) with a high baffle in it. You can test this out for yourself by adding temporary baffles made of BlueTack or Plasticine to a mouthpiece that you already have. As well as making the mouthpiece play brighter, it will also make it slightly less resistant and play a little sharper - the tuning position should be adjusted out on the cork to compensate for less air volume inside the moutpiece.
I contacted Morgan Fry about his Jazz+ model and he tells me that he also has another new model coming out - called Studio. Here's what he says:
It is closer to a Guardala MB than to a Link. . . . It has that DG edge thing going on, but isn't a paint peeler. mic's well and you can back off and get a good sound on it. But it doesn't have that Link like breadth to the sound that the Jazz+ has, it's more a purely modern piece. Link but brighter -- Jazz+, Guardala but warmer (and better in tune)-- Studio.
Can you imagine buying one and finding you didn't really like it after all,I wonder what the resale loss would be ....John