Nice Job, Pete. More than anything else though, I think this is a perfect example of how after you've been playing for a good number of years, you're going to sound like you ("you" meaning all of us) regardless of the mouthpiece. It dispels the myth that changing mouthpieces is miraculously going to change your sound in any great way.
Very very true, however I think this applies more the more experienced you are. I restricted it to one very small jazz lick though, because it lets you compare very easily, however this doesn't demonstrate how the mouthpieces would fair playing raunchy rock or fusion/smooth.
But, I think it's useful for all those people who play a Yamaha and say they need a "better" or "jazzier" piece. The so called upgrades from that mouthpiece, ie the Meyer, Link and Jody, do not make a lot of difference. I'd happily take the Yamaha on a gig. Once I return these, I'll see if I can borrow a Yamaha 6C (that was 5C), along with the others I intend to add. I'm keeping the same reed so when I do more mouthpieces, they should stlll be good comparisons.
It is nice to hear clips of mouthpieces that are readily available from most music shops. Steve Neff does a very good job with his clips, but he concetrates mainly on "exotic" "boutique" mouthpieces.
Yes, I meant to base this on the more standard pieces, I just included the others I had in my drawer. The Selmer Jazz metal should not really be there as I could not play it well, I need to find a D or E as I would be more comfortable.
By the way, what alto are you using for the sound clips, it souds a lot like my Barone Vintage with my Selmer Soloist.
The alto is my Buescher 400, but after trying a few others recently I am thinking very seriously about getting a new one, either a Rampone, Selmer Ref 54 or Bauhaus Walstein.