get the horn recorked or wrap paper around the cork to increase the diameterI want to try a Selmer III tenor. I thought I would just pop on my Otto Link or Rousseau that I use on a Conn and play it. They are both too big. What do I need to look for to get a proper fitting mouthpiece, or am I missing something?
Or sometimes, if the cork is just compressed, you can expand it by applying heat. I boil a pot of water and put the part of the neck with the cork in the water and then quickly pull it back out. If you leave it in too long, the cork might pull away from the neck. Some people just wave the cork back and forth through the flame of a lighter instead.get the horn recorked or wrap paper around the cork to increase the diameter
That's it - there is no 'standard' for mouthpiece shank bore inside diameters or sax neck/cork outside diameters. You're okay when you test a piece with a bigger bore than your cork is set for because you can make a temporary 'bushing' out of Teflon plumber's tape. When the piece bore is smaller, you have a problem. In order to play it, you must fit the cork to it. Mouthpiece makers play around within a certain tolerance for the shank bore, because it provides an easy way to increase or decrease total volume of space inside the piece. The old Brilhart Level Air was big inside and it was a straight bore all the way to the ledge at the end of the baffle. We called it the 'shotgun' mouthpiece because of that long, straight bore. It doubtless had some effects on playing/tuning.... or it may be that all mouthpieces and necks all have slightly different diameters -- which is my personal experience.
If it's a problem for you and you change a lot between different pieces, you could always by another neck or 3 to fit each mouthpiece you're intending to use.
To just try mouthpieces out you're going to have to use some paper to get the bigger ones to fit. Us mouthpiece makers didn't all get together and decide on one size just like we didn't all get together and decide to make all of our facings all the same size. It just cracks me up when folks call or write me and want a #6 or 7 because that's what they use but the mouthpiece they use when they call me is very different than what I sell.I want to try a Selmer III tenor. I thought I would just pop on my Otto Link or Rousseau that I use on a Conn and play it. They are both too big. What do I need to look for to get a proper fitting mouthpiece, or am I missing something?