- Berkshire, UK
Anyone played these mouthpieces? Navarro.......Dawkes are now stocking
No no no! That would be fatal.go down and have a blow on one, plenty of positive reports about them on SOTW, but Dawkes have probably got the first batch to arrive in this country, so not many folks this side of the pond will have tried one.
I see they've also got Ted Klum, Morgan Fry, Aizen, Drake and other nice mouthpieces in stock at Dawkes, so watch out for GAS
Coward, where's your sense of adventure?No no no! That would be fatal.
Superb! I have three mouthpieces that I haven't even tried yet! £450 worth! Now isn't that decadent! Got them for my birthday last month. I am relying on you Altissimo to test them out for me....please..Coward, where's your sense of adventure?
My dad just reminded me of a story about his uncle Tom who'd been accosted by the Salvation Army as he staggered out of the pub - "Why didn't you tell Satan to get behind you?" they asked, "I did, but he pushed me in" came the reply...
(this was a man who turned up at the Royal Fusiliers barracks 5 hours late, having visited every pub en route from the station when he got called up in the first world war.... but I digress...)
I'm sending the Maestra back! It is a really lovely piece, but it just kept squeaking and chirping, which I almost never have a problem with. Pity, it was a great romance while she was here .....I'm a little heartbroken!
Perhaps the mouthpiece is saying. With me you need to relax the embouchure a bit more or try a different reed cut.
longer facings can sometimes squeak more - took me 3 months to get used to my Lawton and find the right reed for it
Oh no, cheer yourself find another one to try
Thank you Jeanette, I like your sentiment . I shall get myself down to Dawkes at some point and try some more Navarros because it seemed to me that the Maestra had everything going on, precision, intonation & tone all in one piece and I am enough of an optimist to think that another one may be rock solid for me!
Hmmm....I'm pretty chilled on tenor as it is, but thanks . She sqeaked on RSJs and Rigottis too, and I am really not a squeaky player having played pretty much everything over the last 40 years or so. Sometimes a piece is slightly out of balance in the rails, or it has shifted in transit (extreme temperatures can do this to ebonite), and I'm hoping that's the case. Freddie Gregory told me squeaks come about when the tip of the reed closes to the tip of the mouthpiece before the rest of the reed closes to the rails, which might indicate a facing that wasn't optimum - for me.
Sounds like it's distorted, unforgivable for such an expensive mouthpiece