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As many of you might know I have a big collection of tenor mouthpieces and I sometimes like to play around with them just for fun. I already know what I like the best and play mostly the same mouthpiece at gigs or rehearsals, but still enjoy comparing all kind of stuff to see what the differences are from before and behind (through recording) the horn. Also am often surprised how close the sounds are, even between mouthpieces with big construction differences.

Recorded last month 6 quick and dirty takes on 6 different mouthpieces (posted before here on the forum) and did this month (I record once a month) 8 new takes on 8 other mouthpieces. All played with the same La Voz medium reed and on the same 1953 Selmer SBA tenor.

So here are the 14 individual takes of a 'Blues in Gm' (concert key), recorded with a free 2 minutes long Gypsy backing track from YouTube. No effects added, all recorded and mixed in exactly the same way (that's why some clips sound a bit louder then others, which corresponds well with the volumes when played live). Be aware that I play tested certain mouthpieces only for a few minutes before hitting record. The reed didn't bring the best out of all mouthpieces (tip sizes range from 8* to 12*), so these clips are only telling you something on how I sound on them with that specific reed at that spedific moment in time!

The 8 new clips, recorded last Wednesday:

01. 'Blues in Gm' (1980's metal Ponzol Super 120 ): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13555350
02. 'Blues in Gm' (1980's Otto Link Tone Edge 10*): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13555351
03. 'Blues in Gm' (vintage Berg Larsen 140/0 SMS ): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13555344
04. 'Blues in Gm' (modern Otto Link STM NY 9*): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13555349
05. 'Blues in Gm' (modern Phil Tone Mosaic 9): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13555348
06. 'Blues in Gm' (1950's Otto Link Florida no USA 9): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13555347
07. 'Blues in Gm' (1974 Otto Link Early Babbitt 8*): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13555345
08. 'Blues in Gm' (1974 Otto Link Early Babbitt 10*): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13555346

The 6 older clips, recorded 2-3 weeks ago:

09. 'Blues in Gm' (modern HR 10mfan Robusto 11*): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13545658
10. 'Blues in Gm' (modern HR 10mfan Merlot 9): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13545659
11. 'Blues in Gm' (modern metal Berg Larsen 150/2 SMS): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13545660
12. 'Blues in Gm' (1950's metal Otto Link STM Florida no USA 10*): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13545661
13. 'Blues in Gm' (modern plastic Rico Metalite M11): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13545662
14. 'Blues in Gm' (modern metal Theo Wanne Durga 12*): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13545663

I might post some more clips with that backing track on other mouthpieces after future recording sessions.

Feel free to post your comments (or not)! :)
 

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Thanks Mr PB. It's always good to hear mpc comparisons for us newbies.
One question: do you mount your USB mike on your bell or elsewhere?
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Thanks for the info.

I use a Samson C03U USB condenser microphone, which is too big to mount on the sax. I place it on a table in front of me (next to my laptop with Audacity) and play the horn at about 80 cm distance.

It looks a bit like on these pictures (but this is not my setup, these are pictures from the internet):

- Microphone: https://s.s-bol.com/imgbase0/imagebase3/large/FC/7/7/1/0/9200000046130177.jpg
- Placement: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/DK_UBSPp68k/maxresdefault.jpg
 

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Did in my most recent recording session two more clips with this backing, just post them here for completeness. Used another (darker sounding) Rico Royal 2 reed (the old La Voz medium I used in the earlier takes died already some time ago). The mouthpiece used is a modern metal Otto Link New Vintage Tone Master 10* that I got for a good price some years ago. A darker sounding mouthpiece, but it can get gritty too when played with a softer reed and high air stream.

Here are the two takes:

15. 'Blues in Gm' (modern New Vintage Tone Master 10* - Rico Royal 2) - take 1:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13576970

16. 'Blues in Gm' (modern New Vintage Tone Master 10* - Rico Royal 2) - take 2:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13576971

Take 1 is a more full played take, liked the other mouthpiece takes posted before. Take 2 was played a bit more quiet (at least in the beginning)!
 
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