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Alan G

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Are there any P Mauriat players using the mouthpiece supplied with the instrument? If not what is your preferred set up? I noticed the P Mauriat alto mouthpiece was offered for sale on Black Friday by

P Mauriat Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece - Special Offer - Sax.co.uk - The Worlds Leading Saxophone Specialist

@ £13.50. That’s a cheap mouthpiece by anybody’s standards. I found mine to be not too bad. I haven’t measured the tip but it feels easy to play, a bit yammy C4 with quite a nice tone. It’s cheap at the price for a brand name mouthpiece.
 

John Laughter

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RPC 90HB on 67RGL alto and RPC 120B on 66RGL tenor. Plasticover or cane depending on the gig. So far they have both worked fine. Never tried the stock m/p. It might work fine.
 

Alan G

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RPC 90HB on 67RGL alto and RPC 120B on 66RGL tenor. Plasticover or cane depending on the gig. So far they have both worked fine. Never tried the stock m/p. It might work fine.
Thanks for that John. I have recently bought a 67RUL Alto and the information gleaning is to help me make an informed choice for a good setup.
 

Young Col

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I play a Mauriat 67R alto. I found the Mauriat mouthpiece that came with it to be pretty well unplayable. I was using a Selmer Soloist C* at the time on another alto and stayed with that for a while. Then I used a Jody Jazz Classic 5 for several years and finally replaced it with the D'Addario 6M that I really like. I play mostly written jazz arrangements. When I tried the Mauriat mouthpiece I thought it was too wide a tip opening for me for me, but just at a rough check now it appears to be narrower than my D'Addario, but there's nothing on it to say what it is and I can't measure it accurately.
 
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Jules

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67R alto with a Jody Jazz 6 ebonite. Tenor 66R with Various Berg Larsens (mainly an ebonite 110/2)...
 

Alan G

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I play a Mauriat 67R alto. I found the Mauriat mouthpiece that came with to be pretty well unplayable. I was using a Selmer Soloist C* at the time on another alto and stayed with that for a while. Then I used a Jody Jazz Classic 5 for several years and finally replaced it with the D'Addario 6M that I really like. I play mostly written jazz arrangements. When I tried the Mauriat mouthpiece I thought it was too wide a tip opening for me for me, but just at a rough check now it appears to be narrower than my D'Addario, but there's nothing on it to say what it is and I can't measure it accurately.

Thanks. The mouthpiece that was supplied the instrument is perfectly playable. It sounds not too bad but when trying to find the tip opening I online discovered a forum that said it had been recently upgraded. I don't know if that is true or not. My usual mouthpiece is a Rico B5 which has a 80 tip opening. I inherited with the instrument an Otto Link Tone Edge 6* which also has a 80 tip opening. They both sound completely different and neither sound particularly good. Even after a variety of reeds. Probably me that needs to adapt. In the photo the Yamaha 4C is on the left and the P Mauriat on the right it doesn't look an awful lot different.
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Alan G

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67R alto with a Jody Jazz 6 ebonite. Tenor 66R with Various Berg Larsens (mainly an ebonite 110/2)..

Thanks Jules. I am assuming the Theo Wanne mouthpiece didn't work for you. The Durga 111 looks interesting but what a price. The quest for the optimum mouthpiece continues.
 

Jules

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Thanks Jules. I am assuming the Theo Wanne mouthpiece didn't work for you. The Durga 111 looks interesting but what a price. The quest for the optimum mouthpiece continues.
At the time I was totally dedicated to Berg Larsens (they work a treat for R&B and, well, as much to keep life simple for myself as anything else)
 

Taz

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I have a baritone and the mouthpiece that came with it is excellent......... for wedging my office door open! I now play with a Runyon Smoothbore and LOVE it!
 

Alan G

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I have a baritone and the mouthpiece that came with it is excellent......... for wedging my office door open! I now play with a Runyon Smoothbore and LOVE it!

Thanks. An interesting choice and nice sound. I looked at them on Youtube after watching your busking videos. My favourite one was "at last" which I saw on here about 3 years ago.
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blues 61

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I have a 66rul tenor. the stock tip opening I measured on a optical comparator at .074 tip opening. Very close to a 4C. I didn't like it at all . I changed the opening to .090 and like it much better . I am using a vandoran jazz 2.5 Still not completely satisfied. Love the horn though. I am currently trying to find another mp, but the prices are unbelievable.
 

Alan G

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Thanks Alan, I’m glad you like the videos. One day I may take the Bari on the streets, you never know! I’ve got a couple of sound clips of the Bari in action on Soundcloud. This is my favourite

Very nice. Smooth mellow sound.
 

Alan G

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I have a 66rul tenor. the stock tip opening I measured on a optical comparator at .074 tip opening. Very close to a 4C. I didn't like it at all . I changed the opening to .090 and like it much better . I am using a vandoran jazz 2.5 Still not completely satisfied. Love the horn though. I am currently trying to find another mp, but the prices are unbelievable.

Thanks. I have been using an 80 tip with a 2.5 reed on an alto for about 12 months. I am also looking for another mouthpiece for the P Mauriat. Because of the high prices for metal mouthpieces I have been looking at Chinese copies. They range from £15 to about £50. They probably need to be modified or finished in some way as with a blank. I worked as a precision engineer in my youth and see nothing too complicated. Images, diagrams and measurements are all over the internet. I am looking at the one in the image at the moment. It has the milled groove in the chamber which is very popular in £500 branded mouthpieces at the moment.
 

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OldNotGrey

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It took me a while to find the right set-up on my Mauriat. I obtained a good condition Tenor 66R over 5 years back and it came with a metal Otto Link 7* (105 tip) which was OK but I always had some annoying intonation challenges which went away when I purchased a Link 8* New York (115 tip) earlier this year. Coupled with the m/piece are Vandoren V16 2.5 reeds which provide great projection in an amplified Soul/Blues band set-up and don't close up when pushed really hard. Occasionally I might throw a Vandoren green box reed on just for a change.
You'll probably find your preferences will change over time as your embouchure strengthens and your capability or style of music changes. So it's also good to experiment.
 

Alan G

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It took me a while to find the right set-up on my Mauriat. I obtained a good condition Tenor 66R over 5 years back and it came with a metal Otto Link 7* (105 tip) which was OK but I always had some annoying intonation challenges which went away when I purchased a Link 8* New York (115 tip) earlier this year. Coupled with the m/piece are Vandoren V16 2.5 reeds which provide great projection in an amplified Soul/Blues band set-up and don't close up when pushed really hard. Occasionally I might throw a Vandoren green box reed on just for a change.
You'll probably find your preferences will change over time as your embouchure strengthens and your capability or style of music changes. So it's also good to experiment.

Thanks. I am looking to upgrade my alto mouthpiece from the Rico 5 and Otto link tone edge 6* both of which have an 80 tip opening. The Légère Signature reed works well with both. On the Tenor I am using a Premier Hite 7*.
 

felixmrdgez

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I have a 66rul tenor. the stock tip opening I measured on a optical comparator at .074 tip opening. Very close to a 4C. I didn't like it at all . I changed the opening to .090 and like it much better . I am using a vandoran jazz 2.5 Still not completely satisfied. Love the horn though. I am currently trying to find another mp, but the prices are unbelievable.
What's the best reed strength for the stock hard rubber mpc?
 
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