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dooce

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I've got a BW bronze soprano which I bought as a bit of a toy but I am using it more in a new band I've joined, "noodling" over slow ballady stuff like Summertime, Fever etc. I play a Selmer D mp but I am looking to maximise a warmer, rounder, more mellow sound.

I'm quite happy to spend an afternoon in Jules emporium or somewhere similar trying stuff, but any ideas where I start short-listing?
 

TomMapfumo

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Hi Bill!

As the proud owner of a BW Bronze Curved Soprano I can share my 2 penny-worth. The ones that I have settled on for a good rich sound are a Vandoren V16 HR S6, and a Brancher metal Jazz J15. The second is a more mellow sound and plays well. The other mouthpiece that you may want to look into for mellower jazz sounds is a LeBayle Jazz HR. I have tried a Tenor version and it was beautifully mellow. Now, mellow is not my own thing, but both the above should be worth trying. IMHO.

Kind regards
Tom:cool:
 

Jules

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I've got one too and I've found a Yanagisawa ebonite works best for me... However the followingo thers were pretty strong contenders too- Vandoren V16, Berg Larsen Grained Ebonite, Metal -either BARI or Yanagisawa again...
 

rhysonsax

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I think that the BW curvie is based on the Yanagisawa SC991/992 design. On my SC991 I really like a Berg Larsen 65/2 for its warm and sweet sound. Out of my box of soprano pieces an old Selmer (think it pre-dates the Soloist) and a Tibbs piece in sterling silver are nice and warm too.

If you are in a shop with plenty of stock I would recommend having a blow on Meyer, Link and Vandoren (all in ebonite).

Rhys
 

visionari1

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Thanks Bill and others.
I'll also be checking out MPS fairly soon and will follow up on these suggestions.
Cheers & caio
Jimu
 

taiwanpaul

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I bought my sop mpc at Ed Pillinger's. Spent a few hours there trying his mpcs. I am very satisfied with the sound of his Jazz bronzite mpc, its warm and round. If you're near London, and have time, well worth a visit!
 

Morgan Fry

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Sorta depends on how much you want to spend, but short of getting a handmade piece, the Yanigasawas are as good a design as any and better than most for a middle-of-the-road warm sound.
 

visionari1

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taiwanpaul said:
I bought my sop mpc at Ed Pillinger's. Spent a few hours there trying his mps…

…If you're near London, and have time, well worth a visit!

Gday Taiwanpaul,

Still in NZ at the moment , But heading for London shortly, where is he exactly?
Ciao
Jimu
 

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