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Not so long ago I bought an ARB metal alto piece (not marked Bellite) marked 5 on the table which gave me a positive impression, even if I am not a metal man. For curiosity, being a Brilhart fan, I last week bought a similar tenor piece, marked 6 on the table. My first impression was not so positive as with the alto piece. It has a .095" tip which is my normal size,
but I had to find much softer reeds than normal in order to be able to get a sound. Both the alto and the tenor pieces have a bright and edgy sound, also in the deep register. Altissimo is very easy. On the tenor, I was able to overblow high D (one octave over the palm D) to the G above. That is a first time for me. The facing is very long on the tenor piece.
My curiosity has now been satisfied, and I am sure I will sell these two.
 
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