He might sound the same, but a terrible mouthpiece is gonna throw anyone off. This looks terrible to what I'm used to seeing, but perhaps it isn't ?! You can get around around a lot of stuff with air, face and throat/tongue but it's not fun so I don't see why he'd bother. The price... what the hell is going on there?I'd like to hear him play something known to be terrible. I suspect he'd sound just the same.
Remember, there's almost 20% VAT here. They do come in 5, 7, etc.Well, if you check Amazon for the same, you will probably find something that's similar, but NOT the same. The price is already over 30€ and I don't have a choice of tip opening. So it feels like a shot in the dark!
I wasn't trying to encourage anyone to actually buy one. Just not spend a load of money. If a POS like that can produce decent results you probably don't need a new mouthpiece.Well, if you check Amazon for the same, you will probably find something that's similar, but NOT the same. The price is already over 30€ and I don't have a choice of tip opening. So it feels like a shot in the dark!
It's cheap, yes but I have absolutely no confidence that I could receive something anywhere near what's being 'advertised' in that video. I'm not questionning the reality and honesty of the guy. Just how reliable is the Chinese supplier? It's impossible to tell and given my recent history with another Chinese supplier. I have some very serious reservations. I'd say it's like a lottery. You may win or not!
I've never been much of a gambler.
This is true for all asbestos, though. It's technically safe until it's damaged in some way. As anyone who knows me in the non-sax world, I'm not big on playing it safe but having been taught about asbestos safety as part of my old job (how to spot it, handle it etc.), it's something to never take risks with.In this video he mentions that "bakelite" mouthpieces contain both asbestos and formaldehyde.
That statement is true, however a quick search shows there is only a health hazard from the asbestos in the plastic if the item is sawed, sanded, or drilled or the resulting "powder" is swept up without the use of a protective mask.