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What would you recommend to try for a dark sound in a metal mpc?
 

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segaleon said:
What would you recommend to try for a dark sound in a metal mpc?
Selmer classic metal.
 

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I have two STM Links for soprano (7* and 8*) . . . both are NOT what I'd call dark. I used to have a 6* and it was not dark, either . . . at least when I played them.

And therein may be the rub - one person's DARK is another person's BRIGHT. I'd work on reeds and embouchure if not being an experienced soprano player. DAVE
 

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Barone Hollywood is the darkest metal piece I've played or heard for that matter
 

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I agree with MOJO here, and second the nomination for the Barone Hollywood.
 

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RIA Metal #8 is pretty dark and smooth.

Too bad it's got a .095 tip! That would be like a Link STM #10 if ever such a beast was made for soprano.

For me, I like the Link. It's a little darker and more complex sounding than the Selmer SS. And the Link really responds and plays well with a little practise.
 

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They don't make a NY Link for soprano...that's a tenor only piece.

Try a Selmer Classic , or even better, find a Goldbeck.
 

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Thanks

Thanks to all. Yes, it is for soprano. I'm currently playing a HR Link 9*: have been doing this for 6 months now. Love the sound, but miss the edge that metal gives.

Before that, a Guradala piece that is simply too bright, and frankly, too small to feel comfortable in my mouth: played that for over 10 years...

I'll try to find a place where I can try the various mpc's mentioned, and spend a few good hours playing around.
 

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The Goldbeck may be the darkest. I have one here with a repair horn and it is not too bad. It needs to be refaced as it is pretty rough. If you are interested, I will see what the guy wants for it. Somehow it seems more centered than the Goldbeck alto I have.
I think the Link STM is pretty dark as metal goes.
Try a Vandoren HR and you may find what you are looking for.
 

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J.Max said:
They don't make a NY Link for soprano...that's a tenor only piece.

Try a Selmer Classic , or even better, find a Goldbeck.
Just noticed your sig. When did Ralph Morgan pass away?
 

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patseguin said:
Just noticed your sig. When did Ralph Morgan pass away?

Yesterday. See the "In Memory Of" topic...
 

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I'll chime in 3rd: the STM is a fairly bright soprano mpc. Not unpleasantly so for me; think more Dave Liebman than Kenny G. Anyway, it's probably not for you.

More in-between would be the Yanagisawa metal. As others said, Selmer metal.
 

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Master Link or 4 ****... very dark.
 
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