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A friend just sent me an Early Babbitt Tone Edge 5* for trial and I could not resist the tempation to compare it to my Florida Slant 8 in sounds and pics. This was a fast shot sonically, so don't expect too much. The drop of the body down to the beak looks familiar and matches what I have learned about Slants and EBs. The overall length of the Slant seems be a bit larger, and the marks on the tables are different. The Slant 8 has a very regular sloping baffle withoug any step whatsoever, but the EB reveals a nice clam shell baffle that will of course add some "edge to the Tone Edge".

The tube of the Early Babbitt is a bit larger and it slid a bit too far on the cork, so intonation is high.

Thanks for watching, listening, and commenting. I will post small pics here, and you can look at them hi-res in the link with a monster resolution. I will add pics of the chambers in a 2nd post.

Slant 8

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/66272036/slant 8 so what.mp3

EB 5*

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/66272036/Early Babbitt 5*.mp3

Pics

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/peapwcq7cvn3bep/AAD6osUVpdD1bavxwZUdTWRna?dl=0
 

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No, Mark, this is my trusted 1956 Selmer Mark 6 64xxx. Marin Spivak (Horned Toad) is offering one at the moment. I LOVE these early Mark 6. But I might take the two Tone Edges over the edge with Marlene (for those who don't know her: my wonderful Conn Transitional Gold Plated Art Deco tenor) later.
 

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....she would like that.
Post a clip and tell her I said hello. :)
 

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Good strong sound on both pieces Heiner. The Slant seemed a bit less brighter with a softer edge compared to the EB. I preferred the Slant.
 

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First of all, thanks for all the interesting contributions and kind words. After looking at many sites I'm more puzzled than before: when I slide the ligature (a gold plated Marc Jean) on each Tone Edge it surprises me the Slant 8 has a fatter body than the Early Babbitt. The font size of the tip opening and position is the same on both Tone Edges. The angle of the body down to the actual beak is a bit softer on the Early Babbitt whereas it's nearly 90 degrees on the Slant. This matches what I have read. The table of the Slant does not show regular milling lines, the table of the Early Babbitt does.

Since Mark wanted to listen to clips of the Tone Edges on my Conn Tansitional aka 'Marlene' (link to pics below) I did them tonight. Having played my Mark 6 exclusively for many weeks the ergonomics of the Conn are so unfamiliar that it influences the playing of course. I had to take care not to fall into the huge gaps between b and bis... This is just to show what the horn sounds like with the Tone Edges compared to the 1956 Mark 6.

Conn pics

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w7muw3hfkarstkt/AAC8qFLenm1d29LtMUHnt8tBa?dl=0

Early Babbitt Tone Edge 5*

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/66272036/Early Babbitt Conn Transitional.mp3

Florida Slant Tone Edge 8

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/66272036/Slant 8 Conn Transitional.mp3
 

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Heiner, what a beautiful horn Marlene is! As to the mpcs, my wife Dagmar and me listened to the files several times, and i completely agree to what mrpeebee says and prefer the slant for exactly the same reason; Dagmar prefers the early babbitt (finally, for the same reason ;-), her words: "The early babbitt tells me that i HAVE to listen, the slant is more, you MAY listen to me"... more noticable on the mark 6 than on the conn for both of us. Anyhow, really nice strong sound!
 

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Thomas, please say hello and many thanks to Dagmar for her wonderful and very convincing method of evaluating a mouthpiece ('have to' vs 'may'). This approach made my day.
 
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