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Just won a 238xxx alto on ebay - woo hoo!

Never had an alto before so was wondering what mpc would go well with this horn?
 

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Pete Thomas site has it between chu berry and transitional around 1930.

blackfrancis - Morgan jazz, thanks for the input :)
 

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I use a Morgan Jazz on my 254XXX - nice!
I use a morgan jazz 6m on my 262xxx conn 6m.
 

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I find that Conn altos, 6m in particular, work well with most mouthpieces, whilst Selmers tend to require a more traditional piece. This is true for jazz anyway. Funk/fusion/pop/rock players can get away with or even prefer a Dukoff or other high baffle piece on their Selmer, but jazz guys tend to lean toward Meyer, Brilhart, rubber Berg and the like.

On a Conn, however, I've found that Runyons and Runyon made "Conn Comets" are a good match, as are the previously mentioned Brilhart, Berg and Meyer.

Here is a list of Conn alto players past and present:

Dave Glasser: Conn "virtuoso model" (a fancy New Wonder I) Meyer small chamber

Marshal Royal: Conn trany alto w/ Runyon made Conn Comet mpc.
Johnny Hodges: Conn 6m w/Brilhart (late 30s/1940s)
Bird: 6m alto w/Brilhart "streamline"
Dan Block: Conn "New Wonder I w/Brilhart "ebolin"

Other pieces I like with the Conns are the Lelandais "Streamline", Brancher L series, "Red Runyons", and rubber Brilhart.

Keep trying stuff out until you get the right thing. Good luck!
 

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... On a Conn, however, I've found that Runyons and Runyon made "Conn Comets" are a good match, as are the previously mentioned Brilhart, Berg and Meyer.
I also recently acquired a very similar alto (Chu Berry 1929). Can you elaborate on the Runyon "Conn Comets" - i did not find a mpc with that model name on the Runyon Site.
Thanks!
 

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Thanks for your suggestions everyone - will try out as many different ones as I can. I have several alto playing friends so should be able to blag a go with their mouthpieces.
 

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I use a Selmer Super Session on mine. Nice big chamber.
The Runyon Comets were the Conn mouthpiece Santy Runyon developed and supplied with the 28M.
 

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I also recently acquired a very similar alto (Chu Berry 1929). Can you elaborate on the Runyon "Conn Comets" - i did not find a mpc with that model name on the Runyon Site.
Thanks!
The Comet is no longer in production. The current "model 22" is sort of like a Brilhart and will be a good match for your '29 "Chu". Get the most open facing available. The thing is only around $30 US, so if it still too close, you can have it opened up.

Paul Coats, who posts frequently here at SOTW, has some NOS Comets available.
 

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BarrySachs said:
The Comet is no longer in production. The current "model 22" is sort of like a Brilhart and will be a good match for your '29 "Chu". Get the most open facing available. The thing is only around $30 US, so if it still too close, you can have it opened up.

Paul Coats, who posts frequently here at SOTW, has some NOS Comets available.
Barry - thanks for your follow up. BTW, what does "NOS" stand for?

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NOS=New Old Stock
 

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New Old Stock would be an item that has never been sold but has been sitting for a long time. Possibly dirty or the packaging is soiled.
 

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i'm quite interested in comets, i've never found any for sale yet,

does anyone know ow much paul coats is selling them for? if at all?
 

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i'm quite interested in comets, i've never found any for sale yet,

does anyone know ow much paul coats is selling them for? if at all?
I got one from Paul for around $120. He put a good facing on it as well. i use it as a back-up lead alto piece on my Conn. My main lead piece is a vintage comet, refaced by Norbert Stachel.

I think the blanks that Coats has are old "factory seconds" that were not sold because their colour was a bit off. They're suppose to be a light amber but this lot came out more yellow-ish.

I also have a Lelandais "streamline" that works well with both my Conn and Selmer altos.
 
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