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M/Pieces - Ligs What can be done with a Yamaha 4C alto MP?

DavidUK

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Picked up for £2.50. Tip has a couple of tiny chips right on the very end.
Can I have Play with sandpaper to improve, or destroy it?
I wonder if @Phil has tried fettling one?
 

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Sandpaper?
You'll need a flat surface. Some very fine wet and dry paper. 2000 for finishing and a dust mask. Also a willingness to chuck it in the bin when you're covered in dust and it still won't play.
Lots of videos on utube to get you going.
 

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I wonder if @Phil has tried fettling one?

I have a Yamaha 4C that was refaced by Ed Pillinger!
I haven’t a clue why.
It came with a bari sax I bought.
 

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There is a black 2 part epoxy that costs almost as much as a new mouthpiece that you could fill the chips in with and then file and sand it back to the way it was originally. I have done this to fill in bite marks. On a Yamaha 4C you have to ask yourself if it is worth it.
 

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I have four or five 4C mouthpieces in fine fettle and so this one is expendable.
 

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So it will give you a chance to learn mouthpiece modification. You could end up with a 12c if you grind it far enough
 

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I refaced a 4c once...just because I could. I didnt try to play with chambers or make it sound different. It still sounded like a sleepy 4c. Go for it. If it goes bad its just a cup of coffee.

If it goes well dont think yourself too clever and start working on a really high end piece. When I knew just enough to be dangerous I wrecked an expensive mouthpiece. Years later I knew enough to bring it back from the grave. I ended up selling it to a pro who fell in love with it. It didnt stop me from having felt really stupid whenever I saw the piece for a good while.
 

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While looking for an alto piece I tried a 7C. Well finished. Very easy blow. Predictable response. Honest tone. Blends well. Loud enough to solo when pushed. Not fussy about reeds at all.
A cheap versatile stepping stone to see how you get on with a bigger tip opening.
I can see why experienced players are unimpressed though.
 

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