Hoping the Vintage with a 92 neck on the T901 will help me get the sound of those jazz players I like such as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.
Its either that or going for a Lawton.
You're really going to have to control your GAS Paul or you'll end up bankrupt!
Don't forget it's the player that makes the sound, not the gear.
As far as I am aware the mouthpiece you refer to is a hard rubber one - the "review" I referred to is just the brief comment. To echo Andrews point sound is produced through practice, not mouthpiece, so be prepared to spend lots of money if you want to find a quick fix.
Just to add that Coltrane used a metal Link STM 5 opening with Rico 4 reeds - narrow opening and hard reeds.
There are 2 new "Vintage" Link tenor mouthpieces - the "Slant" refers to the HR, but there is a metal one as you say (£285 at www.sax.co.uk) I notice that there are some online comments via Google, mostly USA based which seem to highlight that it is the best one produced by the company J.J.Babbitt in "20 years", but they are not available in a 5 opening.
Given the nature of Coltrane's sound I would not think that a 92 neck would be as good as the original on the T901 - too warm IMO.
very quick contribution- link ebonite vinage pieces & V16s are actually pretty similar from my experiences... the V16s very slightly brighter and also seem to be better finished but there's not a huge amount to choose between 'em. full reviews available when i get some free time (fat chance!)
Interesting! Would you say the same could be said about the metal mouthpieces?
The metal ones are much more different than the HR are. The HR V16 and "Vintge" series Links are similar, have a similar chamber size but different baffle and tip configuration and are similar in sound. The metal V16 is a much different piece to the metal "Vintage" Link. The link has a much deeper much rounder chamber, than the V16. Pretty different type of piece. The V16 is trying to be a brighter version of a Link STM, the "Vintage" is trying to be a brighter version of the Link ToneMaster.
You could always try a Francois Louis tenor mouthpiece - when I was looking for a "Vintage" sound it was the one that I liked best, and is superbly hand made.
Life is a GAS!
Life is a GAS!