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Rico Graftonite C5 Alto Mouthpiece - Review of the mouthpiece I received as part of a Taming The Saxophone promotion

I was sent the Rico Graftonite C5 alto mouthpiece as part of a promotion on tamingthesaxophone.com. I had bought a copy of The Midnight Playalongs, and the two arrived together. So I loaded up the backings CD and began a comparison with my usual alto mouthpiece, a Vandoren A35.

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According to the mouthpiece comparison chart at http://www.jodyjazz.com/facings.altosax.html, the opening of the Rico C5 and Vandoren A35 are...
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Does this qualify as looking a gift horse in the mouth?
I was grateful to have the chance to try a mouthpiece that I wouldn't normally consider. I've found its uses and limitations. Thanks to Pete for the free gift.
 
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I'm currently playing B7's on S, A, T and B. I like 'em. I think the C's are a smaller-chamber version. Maybe tha's why it seemed a bit one-dimensional to Davidk.
Yes, the C chamber are the brightest. From http://www.musiciansfriend.com/woodwinds/rico-royal-graftonite-alto-saxophone-mouthpiece:
'Tone Chamber Style (A, B, or C): The tone chamber of a mouthpiece is the inside area of the mouthpiece. The size and shape of the tone chamber will change the tone quality of the instrument. With the Rico Royal mouthpieces, an "A" tone chamber will give a dark sound which is best suited for concert work, a "B" tone chamber will give a little more brilliance (better for using with most bands), and a "C" tone chamber will give a lot more brilliance and edge which is great for rock and jazz bands.'
 
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FWIW, here's a table giving the Graftonite range tip openings and chamber sizes.

The tip openings are official measurements. The chamber sizes are just given qualitatively, i.e A= large and dark sounding, B= medium, C= small for projection:

http://www.doctorsax.biz/musical instruments/mouthpieces/graftonite.htm

There are only three tip openings - 3, 5 and 7. e.g. C3 (quite closed, suiting a harder reed), C5 (medium), C7 (wide/wild, for a soft reed).
 
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