Just curious if you could get up close to him. A lot of the Silversonics were lacquered over the silver bell. Not that I'm doubting you, and I'm sure he played the Super 20 out quite a bit (I think he arrived in New York with a Super 20, the Silversonics were probably given to him by King, or at least sold at a reduced price.)When I saw him in the early (62-63) sixties, he was playing a Super 20, but it wasn't a Silversonic (had the underslung silver neck, but the rest of the horn was lacquered.).
Maybe, maybe not. If a great playing Silversonic is not being played, that would be a shame. If a great playing Silversonic has the soul play into it and out of it through every nook and cranny by one of the best players in the world (definitely one of the best King players), well then, maybe it can be put down and retired, job well done.wow, if cannonball's silversonic isn't being played thats a shame
The shank wasn't an alteration, it was due to a crack in the piece and stopped it from spreading/affecting/ruining the mouthpiece. As to tip opening, I'd say it was the of the era, near the .080 (if that is indeed how the vintage Meyer NYs tip openings were, I wasn't aware they had changed.)I don't mean to hijack this thread but I am wondering about Adderley's Meyer 5 mouthpiece. Would that be a .070 tip like the modern Meyer mouthpieces or a .080" like some of the earlier vintage Meyers or was it perhaps refaced to something else? It had that metal shank ring which was an alteration of a kind. Sounds like a bigger tip than .070" to me.
Ralph Morgan wrote an article for The Saxophone Journal (1995) regarding Meyer tip openings, and the evolution of Meyer mouthpieces.The shank wasn't an alteration, it was due to a crack in the piece and stopped it from spreading/affecting/ruining the mouthpiece. As to tip opening, I'd say it was the of the era, near the .080 (if that is indeed how the vintage Meyer NYs tip openings were, I wasn't aware they had changed.)
Look at this zoom from one of Cannon's photos showing the "banded" crack-repaired mouthpiece from the side in semi-decent lighting. You can clearly see, without a doubt, that the angle where the beak meets the barrel is far too steep -- almost straight vertical -- and the barrel is far too high in comparison to the beak to be any vintage/type of Meyer.It would be terrific if every statement about famous players equipment was backed up with the source.
There is a wealth of misinformation out there in mouthpiece equipment land, check any famous players equipment on google and you will find a list of contrary details.
It is fun to hear peoples stories about great players equipment, even if most of it is simply wrong.
There are a lot of close up photographs of Cannonball playing a Meyer Bro with a metal repair on the shank, there are pictures of Cannonball playing an MC Gregory earlier in his career. From listening alone I can't tell when Cannonball is playing a Meyer Bro, a NYUSA or a Berg.
I believe Cannonball played his most famous sessions using an original Meyer Bro 5 with a .070-.073 tip, and a soft reed, this is the piece with a repair on the shank.
This is based on Cannonball's own statements about his equipment,plus photographic evidence from the albums he performed on and further supported by hearing what colors can be achieved by playing various S20 altos and Meyer Bro mouthpieces with medium and soft reeds...just to say, a whole bag of candy floss!
Without verifiable sources to back it up this remains an "objective uncertainty, held fervently in the most passionate inwardness", it's true enough to keep me going.