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I am soon to become the owner of a 1953 King Zephyr Baritone Saxophone (which unfortunately will arrive without a mouthpiece). I would love to hear from other King Zephyr Baritone players about what mouthpiece they use. I play in a RocknRoll band specializing in 1950's music.
I normally play a Yamaha 62 tenor with a Yamaha 7CM mouthpeice, so I am new to the world of the Baritone Sax. I am keen to use the Baritone on a few songs, and also featuring on some ballads which we will do as instrumentals.
Any suggestions and comments from other King Zephyr Baritone players would be most welcome.
 

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Old white Brilhart! Very 50s R&R, and should tune nicely on that horn.
 

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I have a '41 Zephyr and it plays nicely with a Berg 110-0 but I personally have gone off the "super bright" tone of the Bullet baffle and I also have developed a distaste for metal mouthpieces (just the feel of metal in my mouth).
 

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rubber berg or metal otto link. i played a LOT of 50,s bari on a metal link on a king super20 and even moved up to a dukoff but that was overkill
 

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If this is anything as good as his other mouthpieces (sop, alto and Tenor) it's a steal.
 

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My late 70's/early 80's Zeph plays great with Otto Link STM, but for what I imagine to be 50's R&R sound I might look elsewhere, I think this might be too dark a setup perhaps.
 

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I'm super happy with the PPT signature and Rico Royal 3 reeds on my Zephyr Baritone. Good intonation (despite some palm keys, but that's a key opening issue), very versatile from Mulligan to R&R and reasonable priced for a Baritone piece..
Some audio tracks with pete playing his signature and his power (hooligan):
You can contact Pete Thomas here on SOTW or on his website.
 
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I'm super happy with the PPT signature and Rico Royal 3 reeds on my Zephyr Baritone. Good intonation (despite some palm keys, but that's a key opening issue), very versatile from Mulligan to R&R and reasonable priced for a Baritone piece..
Some audio tracks with pete playing his signature and his power (hooligan):
You can contact Pete Thomas here on SOTW or on his website.
Yes they’re definitely reasonably priced for such well made/faced pieces.
I have one of the first variety that later became the power model.
I had the baffle lowered a little on this one.
And I just recently (today) received one of the later bronze/ebonite power or hooligan pieces.
The earlier one has a longer shank but they both tune well on my old Baritones.
 

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Yes they’re definitely reasonably priced for such well made/faced pieces.
I have one of the first variety that later became the power model.
I had the baffle lowered a little on this one.
And I just recently (today) received one of the later bronze/ebonite power or hooligan pieces.
The earlier one has a longer shank but they both tune well on my old Baritones.
I am soon to become the owner of a 1953 King Zephyr Baritone Saxophone (which unfortunately will arrive without a mouthpiece). I would love to hear from other King Zephyr Baritone players about what mouthpiece they use. I play in a RocknRoll band specializing in 1950's music.
I normally play a Yamaha 62 tenor with a Yamaha 7CM mouthpeice, so I am new to the world of the Baritone Sax. I am keen to use the Baritone on a few songs, and also featuring on some ballads which we will do as instrumentals.
Any suggestions and comments from other King Zephyr Baritone players would be most welcome.
Yes they’re definitely reasonably priced for such well made/faced pieces.
I have one of the first variety that later became the power model.
I had the baffle lowered a little on this one.
And I just recently (today) received one of the later bronze/ebonite power or hooligan pieces.
The earlier one has a longer shank but they both tune well on my old Baritones.
I played a '45 Zephyr for 15 years, mostly in big bands. Chances are compared to a Yamaha the intonation may be challenging in spots. General advice and my experience is round chambers, minimal or no baffle help a lot. I eventually settled on an SR Tech. Pillinger PPT is great also if you get a well matched ligature. The RPC mentioned above is as good as it gets but for tone and projection but be sure it is a good match for your horn. Zephyrs have a great sound.
 

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I'm super happy with the PPT signature and Rico Royal 3 reeds on my Zephyr Baritone. Good intonation (despite some palm keys, but that's a key opening issue), very versatile from Mulligan to R&R and reasonable priced for a Baritone piece..
Some audio tracks with pete playing his signature and his power (hooligan):
You can contact Pete Thomas here on SOTW or on his website.
I love Pete's sound on the audio tracks. This might be exactly what I am after. Thanks for the recommendation.
 

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I am soon to become the owner of a 1953 King Zephyr Baritone Saxophone (which unfortunately will arrive without a mouthpiece). I would love to hear from other King Zephyr Baritone players about what mouthpiece they use. I play in a RocknRoll band specializing in 1950's music.
I normally play a Yamaha 62 tenor with a Yamaha 7CM mouthpeice, so I am new to the world of the Baritone Sax. I am keen to use the Baritone on a few songs, and also featuring on some ballads which we will do as instrumentals.
Any suggestions and comments from other King Zephyr Baritone players would be most welcome.

The correct answer for me was Vandoren V16

 

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My old king is a Kielwerth stencil I think? The mouthpiece that I really like is a Jody jazz hard rubber. it’s pretty pretty large opening.
 

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Just recently picked up a 1962 VI, decided to get the Jody HR7. Sounds great to me but then again these days all I do is small group jazz.
 

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This is a recording of my Bari with the Jody jazz mouthpiece. It gives me the Gerry Mulligan sound that I am going for.
 
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