I have a Buescher original mouthpiece and an Aquilasax HR. The new mouthpiece makes the horn play open and responsive in all registers and takes away the stuffy "I have a rag in me" sound. Worth the money for the new mouthpiece.
Not to take anything away from the Aquilasax mouthpieces, which are perfect for the more 'classic' C-mel sound, but, out of pure interest, I checked out the slim Couf (on the far right of the last two pics in the above link). Luckily I'd set the PC recording at the time, I may well put in 'some time' on this mouthpiece - this is on a late Martin C-Mel with plain old 60's rivet pads, Rico Royal #3 tenor reed, Couf J9*S tenor mouthpiece....
I called Dave @ junkdude.com and asked to talk to Ralph Morgan, and Dave gave me his contact information, and I got Ralph to make me a Morgan for my C Melody. It has a tip opening of .105, and it blows really nice! My Buescher TT doesn't play stuffy at all anymore once I put on the Morgan!
Ralph really is the TRUE living legend of mouthpiece making. His pieces should cost upwards of $400+ in my opinion. They're THAT good.
Yes, Roger Aldridge (still out there Roger ?) used to rave about his Morgans, but I've never heard any sound samples of a Morgan on a C-mel (or come to that, most of the others... )
C'mon guys, I often risk complete humiliation by putting up links to my C-Mel, alto and C-Sop playing, anyone got any sound clips which show the characteristics of their favourite C-Mel mouthpiece, or indeed any others ? As with pictures, one sound is worth a thousand words !
great pics and info. Your site keeps getting better and better!! Thanks for the effort.
I have an original Conn MP(approx .05) with my Straight-neck C-mel. I ordered the Aquilasax Mp (approx.065) while the horn was being overhauled because of all the the woeful tales of original C-mel MPs. I started with the Aquilasax and it sure it help me out in the beginning.But eventually I switched over to the Conn eagle. Somehow it just felt and sounded right. I play by myself, so projection was not a concern. I eventully passed the the Aquilasax on to a new C-mel SOTW player.
I did have a big problem with the low end (motor boating) on BOTH of those MPs. I ordered a #4 (.08) C-mel from Ralph and the problem was gone. Done! No Mas! Kaput! Ralph's work is well worth the money and the wait. 12 weeks for me.
I do have an old Buecscher Alto MP (.065) that is one of my faves on that sax.
PS - I saw Roger the other day. He still loves his morgan on his '34 Buescher tenor. I got a nice little concert. Gorgeous, haunting and beautiful tune. Alas, I think he is out of the C-mel business
Mark told me that you were asking about me. I'm alive and well. I parted ways with the c-melody around 3 years ago after I got my hands on a '34 Buescher New Aristocrat tenor and it totally spoiled it for me on c-mel...alto too.
I've been focusing my playing on tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet (LOVE the bass clarinet!), and flutes. I'm in the process of getting an alto flute.
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