To one who are playing both pieces or have done it previously, please how was The Tonamax compared to The Robusto?
I suppose my comparison should be clarified as I was putting it up against my Robusto at the time. Just felt like there was a lot less character, and if I wanted to push the Robusto it felt more comfortable to me.Great stuff saxoholic! I've been playing metal and a little wood mouthpieces for some time. I recently bought a Tonamax, I haven't played a Hr on tenor for years. so this is a new path I'm movin into. IMO The tonamax goes very well with my tenor, with a big beautiful tone, dark but not too dark. It has got a lot of colour, And it's not 1-dimensional if you allow it to spread and get transparent and complex. but it is introverted - if you want some bold action! some expression here and now, it is a bit slow. It does helps when it's played with woodstone metal ligature. more projection, edge and reed vibration. But when I listen to the Robusto played by Dave O'higgins. It seems more bold and straight forward piece, but still with a full tone - but maybe not so pure..
great that you're replying! I assume that Dave O'Higgins is playing The 1 batch, which BTW IMO sounds great, I like raw yet subtle tone of it - then again All what DO does sound great! On the other hand, I guess he wouldn't play a mpc - make a hole record with a piece, he didn't thought was great!Eeryone’s going to feel something different. One guy will find it brighter than what he uses, and the next guy will find it warm and full, etc.... It just depends on where you are coming from. It’s like that with all mouthpieces.
My new Generation ll models have been adjusted to play warmer and smoother than the originals that Eric was doing. They are beautifully even top to bottom with a nice punch available but without the brashness, because we have changed the facing curve and we are no longer making the side rails and tip rails super thin like Eric had them. It has changed everything so I hope you get an opportunity to try one of the new ones. They have the USA stamped on the side.
I’ve had a bunch of the Tonomax pieces in here through the years and if you are zoning in on a Link vibe, that is definitely a very good choice.
All the best, Mark
That's good info, Mark, for players to be able to distinguish new vs older mouthpieces in the Marketplace.My new Generation ll models have been adjusted to play warmer and smoother than the originals that Eric was doing. They are beautifully even top to bottom with a nice punch available but without the brashness, because we have changed the facing curve and we are no longer making the side rails and tip rails super thin like Eric had them. It has changed everything so I hope you get an opportunity to try one of the new ones. They have the USA stamped on the side.
Thanks, Mark.ALL of the Generation ll pieces hr and Ultem pieces are done by my new craftsman and they have the USA stamp on the side. Matt Marantz will be doing my upcoming metals and they have the USA on the side also ).
Quality mouthpieces, for sure, but quite different. The Robusto has a bullitt shaped baffle and the Tonamax doesn't have much of a baffle at all, so the Robusto is the brighter of the two.
Klum has brighter mouthpieces than the Tonamax and 10mfan has darker ones than the Robusto.
I love the Tonamax too, you can't compete with that pure and full tone. The only thing I hold against it is, It is slow and I'm slow too - a double slow stuation ;/ Maybe I should get a smaller tip 8 is bigger than I usually play.The pieces are very different. I found the Tonamax more to my liking, as I was coming from a Reso Chamber. I tend to think of the Tonamax as an evolution of the hard rubber Link-style piece, at least in terms of the type of sound it produces in my hands. Link players may prefer the Tonamax, though this is just a guess on my part. While I am in the process of getting rid of most of my hard rubber pieces, the Tonamax is one of the few HR pieces I am holding on to.
The Robusto has its own thing happening, and is probably the brighter and more powerful of the two.
Thanks for the imput! I've been listening quite a lot to this, I just love the full tone of The Tonamax, but Florida has got a nice kick and spark, Which I also like - though I prefer a fuller tone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4z6QkPy3-U&list=PLSH9PU_veLpNZaqB6ECGdF1HliRAwCcG5&index=18&t=0sTed Klum Florida feels a lot like the Tonamax but is a bit brighter and has a little more core to the sound (more baffle and a smaller chamber). So if you like the Klum feel and want something brighter that could also be an option. The Florida is pretty EB-ish.
I’ve never tried a Robusto but I bet it’s a great piece. I’ve tried a merlot and that was to dark for me but still a great mouthpiece.
Both these makers makes high quality pieces so it’s all about taste.