Great post Joe. I'd agree 100% - don't start looking unless you know what you're looking for. My experience with inexpensive pieces has been mixed. I bought/ borrowed a bunch of cheap alto pieces about this time last year because I have a niece and a couple of nephews who just started playing sax in grade school and I wanted to find them something better than the door stops that typically come with rental horns or second-hand saxes. The best I found in terms of facing-quality/price/consistency/sound were the Yamahas.They can be ok, actually. But they also can be less than ok. I think everybody should try these kinds of pieces. Better to have a $20 piece that gathers dust than a $300 piece. We've all been there.
But one of these might be exactly what YOU need at the moment. And, you can get them from places (like Weiner Music) that will let you return them if they don't work for you.
No harm, no foul.
A good question to ask yourself is: what do I want from a mouthpiece? That's the place to start.
And, if you can't answer that question, don't spend a ton of money searching for an answer. Spend your time before you spend your money. A $20 piece like these will at least help you toward an answer and sometimes it might be the right one. You never know.
No...not right.Sounds like the Metalites are more rock than jazz pieces, right?