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Has anyone tried an aftermarket neck on a System 76 or any other model for that matter? Perhaps a Ponzol or a Selmer Series II or III neck works well to reduce resistance? Anyone experimenting with necks?
 

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Why don't you try a softer reed to lower resistance?
You can only soften the reed so much before it doesn't work well on the mouthpiece. I found an old thread with Steve Sklar regarding saxophones and resistance. One way to reduce resistance is to enlarge the neck at the mouthpiece end. I opened up the neck a few thousands at the mouthpiece end , basically the length of the neck cork. It made a substantial difference. The horn is now fuller and easier blowing. He also mentioned that the octave pip(s) can act as an air dam. I looked at the body octave pip inside the horn and noticed it was not level or smooth at the end. I took that down a bit with a file a bit just to level and smooth it off. It made a slight difference, but not to the extent of the neck expansion. Don't try this at home if you don't know what you are doing. :treble:
 

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If you're not happy with a brand new horn and need to swap out its original neck with that of another brand, why on earth buy it?
I would call it an improvement. Why doesn't everyone just use a Meyer 7 and a Vandoren reed? Everybody is different.
 

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I would call it an improvement.
How would you know it's an improvement as you're asking for the results of others who blow differently and have varied preferences? I see this sort of wasteful perspective being pushed around here to folks that are already too fickle and overly equipment-focused. Forgive the fresh breath of sanity...
 

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How would you know it's an improvement as you're asking for the results of others who blow differently and have varied preferences?
The System 76 is known to be a resistant horn - in general. I suppose your next question will be "Why buy that horn if you don't like the blowing characteristics?" It has the sound I am looking for (answering in advance)
 

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Doesn't P Mauriat have their own various necks for their own horns? Have you tried one of those? I'm sorry, but I would not lay down the bread for a brand new horn if I wasn't happy with its neck or thought I could somehow find magic by haphazardly switching neck brands after the purchase.
 

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Doesn't P Mauriat have their own various necks for their own horns? Have you tried one of those? I'm sorry, but I would not lay down the bread for a brand new horn if I wasn't happy with its neck or thought I could somehow find magic by haphazardly switching neck brands after the purchase.
Isn't that how players find their setup, by trying things? Why do you play the mouthpiece that you play? Is it because someone said you should or did you try many until you found YOUR setup?
 

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Isn't that how players find their setup, by trying things? Why do you play the mouthpiece that you play? Is it because someone said you should or did you try many until you found YOUR setup?
Are you serious? Saxophones are manufactured with their necks matched to the horn in question. Mouthpieces have basically always been a choice; as even stock mouthpieces were more for convenience. But if you're going to let marketers brainwash you into thinking you need to buy more after-market necks as an additional "set-up" option... go right ahead. My perspective is to convince others that this is folly.
 

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Have you actually tried this? I asked Tim @ Sax Alley about trying the Magnum neck on a 76 and he didn't think it would work because it's designed for the 6X series of tenors.
If the OP is looking to pair a Selmer neck, I don't think it really matters.

A lil' bit o' dis, a lil' bit o' dat >> Frankenhorn - looks goofy, intonation sucks, response is weird but hey, I made it myself and it is ALIVE!!!
 

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If the OP is looking to pair a Selmer neck, I don't think it really matters.

A lil' bit o' dis, a lil' bit o' dat >> Frankenhorn - looks goofy, intonation sucks, response is weird but hey, I made it myself and it is ALIVE!!!
Don't read that far into it. The task was to get a little more blowing ease; achieved with the same neck.
 

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Don't read that far into it. The task was to get a little more blowing ease; achieved with the same neck.
Really? That's not what you wrote:

Has anyone tried an aftermarket neck on a System 76 or any other model for that matter? Perhaps a Ponzol or a Selmer Series II or III neck works well to reduce resistance? Anyone experimenting with necks?
Sounds like a flail to me...

"Experimenting with necks?" - Randy Jones (TenorMadness.com) adjusts necks, if that's what you're looking for.
 

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Really? That's not what you wrote:



Sounds like a flail to me...

"Experimenting with necks?" - Randy Jones (TenorMadness.com) adjusts necks, if that's what you're looking for.


Mission already accomplished, for the same reason I might use a barrel on one of my clarinets different from the factory barrel: to increase or decrease resistance and/or change response. Thanks.
 

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What did you find to work?

It's always nice to tie up a thread with an answer.
 
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