beechlers are great mpc's, been using a s5s diamond inlay HR for a yr now. nice bright sound, reasonably priced around 67.00 from weinermusic. think gerald albright, jay beckentstein,kenny g, gabe baltazar. their metal bellite pieces are also good, think dave koz, michael paulo, david choy.
When I was in high school, my teacher recommended an Lakey 5*3 as a good lead mouthpiece... and to this day I hate it.
To his credit, he did say the Lakey or a beechler...
My opinion is to play a mouthpiece that one of your idols plays (idol's sound) that you want to emulate. I think this is a good starting point. Although many on this site that the sound comes from "you," which is true, having a similar mouthpiece definitely helps. I tried out a gregory mouthpiece and it was definitely easier to emulate the sound of Paul Desmond.
After a long wait (service time was albeit slow), I finally received my mpc. I ordered a Beechler Diamond Inlay S4L (Small bore/chamber, .0070 tip opening & long facing).
From reading many testimonials, I could tell that this mpc was bright and loud. In addition, from listening to artists using Beechler Diamond mpcs such as Gerald Albright and even Kenny G, these feedbacks held true. To avoid getting in trouble with the music ministry I belong to, and at the same time, obtain that bright, contemporary sound, I bought a small bore/chamber mpc matched with a small tip and long facing to lower the volume and thicken the sound. Fortunately, it was a good move.
Paired with a Vandoren Traditional Reeds in #3 strength, the sound was simply amazing! Though bright, the sound was not thin and the volume was just right. In addition, no harshness (ear-piercing nature) was felt. Surprisingly, it has that "edge" that I hear from many metal mouthpieces.
Overall, if you are looking for a mpc that can give you that bright, edgy contemporary sound without a thin nature, I recommend the Beechler Diamond Inlay Series (Get a long facing to darken & thicken the sound). All in all, it's an outstanding bargain that you should not miss!
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