All profit supporting special needs music education and Help Musicians
SYOS

Saxophones SML Owners

Pete Thomas

Well-Known Member
Commercial Supporter
Messages
14,997
Location
St. Mary's
Hi I was wondering if anyone has tried SML tenor mouthpiece with a Rev D or were their mouthpieces no to good ?????? looking for a bit of advice.:confused:

I only have experience of SML alto mouthpieces. They seem to be very much a classical mouthpiece, and for me very much on the "tame" side as opposed to say, a Selmer soloist.
 

sirspinbad

New Member
Messages
10
i get better results with larger mouthpieces with my SML... i have in fact changed the neck to a Saxgourmet mk2 copper neck and its brought the horn to the next level..... my SML is STILL my favorite horn
 

dubrosa22

Senior Member
Messages
413
Location
Sydney, Australia
I haven't tried an actual SML mouthpiece on my 2 altos I'm yet to pick up one for a good enough price.

Personally I use smaller tip (.070 -.075) medium-large chamber pieces on my Rev D alto and my Rev B prefers slightly larger tips (.075-.090) medium chambers.
I like Bergs and Brilharts for jazz and Selmer Soloists for classical but that's just me.

Here's 2 seperate threads on this topic at SOTW:
http://www.saxontheweb.net/SOTW_Arc...xjazz-boardid-sml-thread-48-spec-3885633.html

http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?157627-SML-What-mpc-are-you-playing-with

The second one is the thread I created since the first was eventually archived. You'll get to witness my GAS attacks almost in realtime - Meyer, Berg, Link, Brilhart, Berg, Selmer… :)
 

dubrosa22

Senior Member
Messages
413
Location
Sydney, Australia
I've finally acquired for a good price a SML (Riffault) R4 piece indigenous to my Rev. D :)

Lovely piece! A/B-ing it between my Selmer 'short shank' Soloist using the same FL lig and LaVoz med-hard reed it is really very close to the Soloist in resistance and tone, although darker I'd say overall and not as loud. (Yes, my Soloist is very loud but sweet.)

Only area the SML/Riffault suffers is low E down. Voicing those notes easily and softly is very tricky and there's a lot of gurgling on low B and Bb. Strange, a large chamber, low baffle piece I'd have thought would've cruised through the low-end?
I've had some mpcs that didn't voice well in the low end before however they were all high baffle pieces like a Berg 100/1 and Vandoren Jumbo Java A45.

I'm sure I could adapt to the piece to get those notes to speak better but I think I prefer the brighter warmth of my Soloist and the velvet punch of my Berg 70/2 :)
 
Messages
261
Location
Alexandria, Scotland
Thanks I managed to get an R4 myself but the sax is still at my sisters in America so have to wait a bit yet to try it out. I asked Ed Pillinger for some advice as well and he kindly sent this, Actually Alex Garnet now uses a repro I made for him of a very nice dome throated Selmer soloist with a facing almost an 8 (between a 7* and 8). He gets a cracking sound with this setup - maybe it would be good on your SML too? really nice of him to respond to what must be a fruitless time sending emails out on advice I think I'll buy a repro from him.
 

aldevis

Surrealist Contributor.
Cafe Moderator
Messages
12,292
Location
London
A tenor I tried for a while was well in tune with few Links and Pillinger NYT I had in the house. My alto is very mouthpiece friendly too.
 

dubrosa22

Senior Member
Messages
413
Location
Sydney, Australia
I've had a lot of success with a HR Link (Early Babbitt) on both of my SMLs. Lots of colour and richness, great intonation.
Only mpc I've played that seemed to have equal parts bright and dark. Problem for me was the slightly too large tip opening made it hard for me to control - being a relative newbie - so I've happily moved on.
 

Members online

Popular Discussions

Top Bottom