Both Graftonites and Metalites came with that stamp! I own a Metalite and several Graftonites that's got "Rico Royal" on its back. It's more like a line than a model, I guess. The new Metalites aren't stamped "Royal", though (at least mine isn't).
I sent an email to Rico, asking them to PLEASE switch the Metalite to black (2013)
This is their response:
I appreciate your feedback, and I'm sorry that you don't like the color. I'm familiar with the thread and the comments, and have relayed this information to my team. Of course the thoughts and needs of our customers are important to us. That said, our engineers are swamped with development projects that are of greater priority. Whereas this is an important issue, it is a cosmetic issue. In all honesty, if we do ever decide to change the color, it wouldn't occur for the foreseeable future.
I hope you can understand. We, of course, appreciate your loyalty and support of Rico.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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Black and white are just extreme shades of grey. I don't see the problem, I have two and don't play them but not because of this. I think you guys are just embarrassed. Relax, no one but a few saxophone geeks will know that you're playing a cheap Rico mouthpiece.
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