I'm with you. I hate the idea of window shopping online for a mouthpiece to be honest - but trying to narrow it down so I can identify some models so I can find somewhere to get my hands on them is useful nevertheless.
I guess to me super bright = paint peeler. (Though this isn't quite what I'm seeking.)
Thanks for taking your time to offer advice on modifying the neck. I've come to the conclusion that while i really like the mouthpiece I'm not quite willing to be chopping/ buying necks or unsoldering bits off them - perhaps my love isn't strong enough, perhaps it's just committment issues!
You're most welcome. Thanks for letting me know it was of use. \m/ \m/ <-- surf shakas, brah (lol)
And yes. At least to me bright = more upper middle and upper high partials across the registers, but especially from around E1 or F1 and up. To me, when you get below E1 and F1 and into the notes vented by low C and the bell keys, that's sort of a different area of the horn that can vary a lot on horns that are richer in higher or lower partials from those notes up.
But I think a lot of the time when people say "bright" or "dark" they really mean "corny" vs "soulful," or "undesirable" vs "desirable," which are of course opposite things to opposite people.
The handiest shorthands often come from the best players, in my experience. For example, one long time client talks about response in terms of "thin crust pizza" vs "deep dish pizza." In the US, that's a lot less confusing than "light" vs "dark." :eyeroll:
Even "smoky" has limited usefulness. Some people hear or read "smoky" and think...Kenny G. Not even kidding.