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Greetings All,

So I got this really good deal on a used Yamaha 275. I ended up buying the last cheap MP on my way to try out the horn, which turned out to be a Rico Royal B5... $15. It is serving it's purpose right now, but in terms of dimensions, how would going to a Selmar C* be different?? Right now, the low notes are a little harder to blow. I don't remember the Yamaha YTS-23 being that difficult to blow in the lower register back in high school - but that was 20 years ago and my lungs are prolly not as in shape... Gonna take the horn in for a tune-up, but in the meantime

Being an intermediate player (I think, anyways), I read that a good medium facing/medium chamber MP would be a good place to start
 

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Hi there

I did the same change on Alto, the result was a very pleasing change in tone and playability of the horn. Just my experience - results may vary!
 

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The Rico Royal B5 is not a bad mouthpiece. I wouldn't call it a good mouthpiece, but there's not really anything wrong with it. If you haven't played in a long time, you might want to spend some time with the Rico to get a little bit used to playing the horn again. That way, when you buy your next mouthpiece, whether that's in a month or in a year, you'll at least have some point of reference to tell good (better) mouthpieces from bad (worse) ones.
 

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dirty said:
The Rico Royal B5 is not a bad mouthpiece. I wouldn't call it a good mouthpiece, but there's not really anything wrong with it. If you haven't played in a long time, you might want to spend some time with the Rico to get a little bit used to playing the horn again. That way, when you buy your next mouthpiece, whether that's in a month or in a year, you'll at least have some point of reference to tell good (better) mouthpieces from bad (worse) ones.
I am actually getting pretty nice warm tone with the combination. The ligature doesn't fit properly. I never really thought that the little clamp would make a difference but apparently it does! This might be affecting things...

With focused and disciplined breathing, I can play the low notes quietly/controlled and the high notes are fairly smooth and squeak free.
 

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The Rico B5 is quite a bit more open (facing) than a Selmer C*.

If you're used to a Selmer C* on tenor it's no wonder you're having low note problems.

I have quite a few Rico MPC's and it's definitely a brighter piece than the Selmer.

Like you said, it's going to take some practice to control the Rico.
 

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I am actually getting pretty nice warm tone with the combination. The ligature doesn't fit properly. I never really thought that the little clamp would make a difference but apparently it does! This might be affecting things...

With focused and disciplined breathing, I can play the low notes quietly/controlled and the high notes are fairly smooth and squeak free.
Well OK, then! It sounds like you're ready to go mouthpiece shopping. I'm sorry...:twisted:
 
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