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I have one in brushed gold. It plas very nice - better than a new guardala by Nadir.
I gave it to a friend who is a pro sax player (I am only a lousy amateur) - in the end he ordered one for himself.

You wil lneed to get a lig that fits to it - I use a Olegature, but the brushed metall scratches easily, so maybe a Rovner or BG leather lig will do better.
 

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there's a big thread on here about the necks made by Eastern Music, mostly very favourable, but hardly anything about the mouthpieces. Its payday tomorrow so I've ordered a couple (the fatboy, and one that looks like a Durga) to find out :) they'll take a couple of weeks to arrive probably. I've got a Guardala studio (Nadir version) so a side by side comparison will be interesting.
 

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there's a big thread on here about the necks made by Eastern Music, mostly very favourable, but hardly anything about the mouthpieces. Its payday tomorrow so I've ordered a couple (the fatboy, and one that looks like a Durga) to find out :) they'll take a couple of weeks to arrive probably. I've got a Guardala studio (Nadir version) so a side by side comparison will be interesting.
Please keep us posted whenever you can about your findings.
 

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I bought one second hand and it is a decent piece. Been years since I played either hand made or laser Guardala and I've never owned a Fatboy model so I can't reference how the copy compares to an original. Tip opening is a little smaller than I recall the Guardala's being and honestly it doesn't play with as much buzz or edge (a good thing...the older I get the more open fat tone..still edge but not paintpeeler) as I remember Guardala having. Got me gassing for a Durga copy now. For ligature I use a Rovner Platinum upside down with screw on left top and it works quite well.
 

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Mine arrived today - just under 3 weeks from China to the UK, which isn't bad. Although they weren't advertised as being provided with ligatures, the guardala fatboy clone has an olegature style 'chainmail' lig, and the durga clone has a small gold lig. I've attached some close up pics - the fatboy is the silver one, the durga clone is the gold one. They also come with small rubber tip caps, similar to the ones that syos use.

some close up pictures here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Q4fZLnok6npO0s793x5UbZkEBJcWxQLN

Won't be playing any sax today - the neighbours are all out in their gardens enjoying the sun, but we're due some more miserable weather tomorrow so will hopefully give them a blow then.
 

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If I played this kind of mouthpiece I’d try one. I’m happy with the neck I got from them.
The have good customer service and free returns which nobody does. No “re-stocking” or charge for trying them.
 

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I've had fun getting to know these pieces for an hour or so this morning.

I'm really impressed - both are reed friendly (tried a legere signature 2.5, an old broken in gonzalez 627 2.5, a brand new gonzalez 627 2.5 and a few green java 2.5s) and really easy to play. The broken in gonzalez was naturally bright and punchier, the new one made the pieces sound more mellow. The legere - somewhere in the middle.

With other baffled pieces that I own (a guardala studio and a SYOS Scott Paddock), I often find it more difficult to get the lower notes (D and below) to speak freely - no such problems here. The gold durga clone was very free blowing, really easy to play, and had a fat, bright sound that was 'cleaner' than the fatboy. The fatboy took a bit more air, but probably gave me a little bit more power. I'd say this eastern music fatboy comfortably outplays my guardala studio - pretty much the same sound, but the eastern music version is less work...my guardala studio has always been a bit reed picky (very thin rails on this one - both of the eastern music pieces are slightly thicker) and I find the bigger dimensions on the eastern music piece more comfortable in the mouth - my guardala is super skinny.

Wasn't crazy about either of the ligatures that came with these pieces - the gold single screw one is pretty useless...it's basically just too small. When you try to put a reed on you have to loosen it up so much the screw pops out. The two screw olegature style one is fine, but a fabric single screw rover one that I had gripped the reed better and was less hassle.

On the fatboy, the tip is a slightly odd shape - a bit of a dome shape that doesn't match the curve of the reed tip that well, but that didn't seem to adversely affect the way it played.

Intonation - spot on with the fatboy, the gold durga clone was a bit sharp but that one wanted to slide further onto my cork (which has got pretty compressed) - nothing that a bit of tape, or recorking, couldn't fix. If I left it a bit looser and let it stay further up, tuning was good, but the mouthpiece was less secure.

Can't really decide yet which one I prefer, they're both great, just different. For a total spend of just over £150 (a new Nadir Guardala on its own is £425 in the UK) I'm delighted with them.
 

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I've had fun getting to know these pieces for an hour or so this morning.

I'm really impressed - both are reed friendly (tried a legere signature 2.5, an old broken in gonzalez 627 2.5, a brand new gonzalez 627 2.5 and a few green java 2.5s) and really easy to play. The broken in gonzalez was naturally bright and punchier, the new one made the pieces sound more mellow. The legere - somewhere in the middle.

With other baffled pieces that I own (a guardala studio and a SYOS Scott Paddock), I often find it more difficult to get the lower notes (D and below) to speak freely - no such problems here. The gold durga clone was very free blowing, really easy to play, and had a fat, bright sound that was 'cleaner' than the fatboy. The fatboy took a bit more air, but probably gave me a little bit more power. I'd say this eastern music fatboy comfortably outplays my guardala studio - pretty much the same sound, but the eastern music version is less work...my guardala studio has always been a bit reed picky (very thin rails on this one - both of the eastern music pieces are slightly thicker) and I find the bigger dimensions on the eastern music piece more comfortable in the mouth - my guardala is super skinny.

Wasn't crazy about either of the ligatures that came with these pieces - the gold single screw one is pretty useless...it's basically just too small. When you try to put a reed on you have to loosen it up so much the screw pops out. The two screw olegature style one is fine, but a fabric single screw rover one that I had gripped the reed better and was less hassle.

On the fatboy, the tip is a slightly odd shape - a bit of a dome shape that doesn't match the curve of the reed tip that well, but that didn't seem to adversely affect the way it played.

Intonation - spot on with the fatboy, the gold durga clone was a bit sharp but that one wanted to slide further onto my cork (which has got pretty compressed) - nothing that a bit of tape, or recorking, couldn't fix. If I left it a bit looser and let it stay further up, tuning was good, but the mouthpiece was less secure.

Can't really decide yet which one I prefer, they're both great, just different. For a total spend of just over £150 (a new Nadir Guardala on its own is £425 in the UK) I'm delighted with them.
How did the tip sizing match what you expected? My previous experiments with chinese pieces were that the tip sizes ran small.
 

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Tip sizes...I haven't got anything to measure accurately, bit seems in the right ballpark. The Fatboy is supposed to be an 8, and plays slightly easier than my guardala studio which is 1.16... the Durga clone is marked 7, and plays a little bit easier than my d'addario but that's probably due to the higher baffle.
 

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I've had fun getting to know these pieces for an hour or so this morning.

I'm really impressed - both are reed friendly (tried a legere signature 2.5, an old broken in gonzalez 627 2.5, a brand new gonzalez 627 2.5 and a few green java 2.5s) and really easy to play. The broken in gonzalez was naturally bright and punchier, the new one made the pieces sound more mellow. The legere - somewhere in the middle.

With other baffled pieces that I own (a guardala studio and a SYOS Scott Paddock), I often find it more difficult to get the lower notes (D and below) to speak freely - no such problems here. The gold durga clone was very free blowing, really easy to play, and had a fat, bright sound that was 'cleaner' than the fatboy. The fatboy took a bit more air, but probably gave me a little bit more power. I'd say this eastern music fatboy comfortably outplays my guardala studio - pretty much the same sound, but the eastern music version is less work...my guardala studio has always been a bit reed picky (very thin rails on this one - both of the eastern music pieces are slightly thicker) and I find the bigger dimensions on the eastern music piece more comfortable in the mouth - my guardala is super skinny.

Wasn't crazy about either of the ligatures that came with these pieces - the gold single screw one is pretty useless...it's basically just too small. When you try to put a reed on you have to loosen it up so much the screw pops out. The two screw olegature style one is fine, but a fabric single screw rover one that I had gripped the reed better and was less hassle.

On the fatboy, the tip is a slightly odd shape - a bit of a dome shape that doesn't match the curve of the reed tip that well, but that didn't seem to adversely affect the way it played.

Intonation - spot on with the fatboy, the gold durga clone was a bit sharp but that one wanted to slide further onto my cork (which has got pretty compressed) - nothing that a bit of tape, or recorking, couldn't fix. If I left it a bit looser and let it stay further up, tuning was good, but the mouthpiece was less secure.

Can't really decide yet which one I prefer, they're both great, just different. For a total spend of just over £150 (a new Nadir Guardala on its own is £425 in the UK) I'm delighted with them.
Thank you for posting this review. It is consistent with Steve Neff finding about domed shaped tip of PMS Fat Boy he tried :
https://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2013/01/pms-guardala-brecker-ii-fat-boy-tenor-mouthpiece/

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Hi,

here's a quick demo of the Fat Boy copy. Buy one cheap and all your problems as a player will disappear. (It's the same with all best mouthpieces of the world)

https://soundcloud.com/jolind-1/easternmusic-fatboy-demo/s-txm3PaJVep2
Thank you for posting this. Loved your playing. I was reading Steve Neff review today on PMS Fat Boy and you exemplified everything he had to say about the piece. I did not have to listen to his soundclips (see screenshot) :


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