Tenor: 1942 Conn 10M "Naked Lady", Alto: P. Mauriat PMXA-67R CL
For the past 3 years or so I have been playing on a Metal Vandoren V16 T6 Large Chamber for a smaller jazz band in high school, and now for a big band in college. I've come to find as a player though that the T6 just isn't really doing it for me in cutting through the Trumpets...
1942 Conn 10 Naked Lady (Horn)
Metal Vandoren V16 T6 Large Chamber (MP)
Vandoren Optimum (Lig)
La Voz Medium (Reed)
Meyer hard rubber has a slightly smaller chamber and brighter sound than a Link (and I'm guess the Vandoren "large chamber") but can still blend and play soft as needed. I use a #8 Meyer or a #6 hard rubber Link on tenor ( a 10M, as it happens) in big bands and never ever have any trouble being heard when I need to be, but I can blend and play soft.Have you considered a more incremental approach to changing your sound?
I just watched the Tom Walsh video comparing these various chambers, and read the Vandoren website. Bottom line: I wouldn't pair the Large chamber V16 with a Conn 10M, and hope for a brighter sound if you don't already know how to play to the bright side of a mouthpiece by manipulating your airflow.
I would, however, press you to consider a medium chamber V16, or similar, to brighten your tone, while preserving intonation characteristics on your 10M. Rigotti Jazz reeds, or a similar cut, will add brightness and buzz. I still cannot get behind the notion of playing a Berg "0" chamber in a big band, and expect to blend in a section such as yours.
Somebody get that 2nd(!) Alto player a Meyer type piece! Everything else looks pretty balanced.
That was mainly in reference to my high school days of the past. That isn't my goal, and I know the importance of balance and blend. I'm not exactly trying to play the loudest out of everyone else.My 2 cents as a Berg player (including 115/0) for the better part of 40 years, the beauty of a Berg is it's got edge when you push it, but can be played as mellow as you need when you have to blend with the section. So, in my experience, it's a good, flexible mouthpiece that's fine for big band solo and section playing, once you learn how to control it.
However, I have to question why you are the only one in the section compelled to out play the trumpet section. That completely ruins the blend. The trumpets shouldn't even be playing over sax solis anyway, so what are you competing with, lead alto? In any case, when all the horns are playing, the lead trumpet is supposed to be on top, not 1st tenor sax, and everybody else blends underneath him so you all sound like one instrument. Remember, you are the 3rd harmony part in solis, and usually doubling the 2nd trombone in tuttis. You're not supposed to be the loudest voice unless you're playing a solo. Hopefully your teacher will be teaching you this in the near future.
I will have to check them out! And turf3, I appreciate your previous posts, they have been thought-provoking.Trevor, you may be a player who naturally gets a darker sound; in that case you may want to consider a setup that's "incrementally" brighter as someone noted up above; for example going to something like a Meyer or one of the other mouthpieces with slightly smaller chambers and slightly higher rollover baffles. A little edge added will go a long way.
Well, that is a pretty lame bright side, but I guess we will have to take what we can get.I will. Because of COVID we probably won't be able to meet until August (maybe later).
For sheer LOUD, the Ted Klum "London" takes the prize, in my experience. Of the dozens of mouthpieces that I've owned and played over the last several decades, the Klum "London" was the first that made me think "This is too easy to get really loud, I don't have the will power to play it at anything less than LOUD." So I sold it.There's a lot of good advice here. I'll just say that I am Berg fan but I would never play 0 facing in a big band. They're just too thin and not necessarily any louder than a size 1 or 2. As far as sheer volume, I've never played a louder piece than the RPC (and they sound pretty good).