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Ok looking for help from some other experienced players. I have posted this on a different thread, but didnt get alot of responses, so I thought Id post this one in here.

I currently play 2 different mounthpieces, a Meyer 5M and a Dukoff D6. I use the meyer for classical/straight jazz standards. I usually use the dukoff for fusion/blues/rock type stuff.

I would like to find something somewhere in the middle. The meyer is warm and very free flowing. I mean I feel as if my fingers can just flow much more smoothly however the higher register is not as easy.The Dukoff is very projecting and bright (and as dukoffs go can squeak from time to time)and the higher register is great but the lower register...not so good and I do not feel as "free"....SO I am looking for something between the two.

So in saying all that, I really enjoy the type of sound Jay Beckenstein got from his horn in the 80's/early 90's. And would like to achieve a similar type of sound. (I know this all has to do with the player, but I know the sound I like/want and that is the closest to it). I have read many posts here on the Beechlers and the Jumbo JAva's but are looking for some reccomendations. I am concerned about too muchof a change on facings too. I have a strong embouchure and handle a java 4 on the Dukoff with no problems and have been playing for a long time. But still a concern none the less. So any previous experience anyone has had (good or bad) and reccomendations would be great. I am hoping this may help me narrow down my quest, by using the past experiences of others. Thank you again.

PS I also just recently ordered a rovner l6 ligature to try, and will post my results once I get it.
 

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Ok so now I am getting myself really confused, I may also consider the reg. Java (I think an a45 would be appropriate based on the mpc's I am playing now) from reading seems like alot of people find this mouthpiece to be bright but still warm and controllable. I did find one at a local sam ash but didnt have my horn so I will need to go back. I need to find a good woodwinds place in the area. Sam ash is only half cutting it.
 

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Seems like you are considering the right things. Maybe add a V16 small chamber such as A6S to the mix. Also look into Beechler M or S chamber, Lakey and Runyon Custom or Jody Jazz and Meyer Small Chamber. The Beechlers and Lakeys may not have consistent facings from the factory so try a few of them. Since you are comfortable with smaller tip openings I would stay with that. Oh yeah, also a Morgan 6E or so.
 
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