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contemplating ordering a Durga, but not sure what size to get. I'm thinking 8* since I currently play on a RPC 110B and that seems closest to what im using. Then they have a 10 that is a 130 tip. Any suggestions on this?
 

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I have an 8*. It's the best bari mouthpiece I've ever had, and I've had two or three good Lawtons. Initially I tried a 7* (105) thinking that was the tip opening I wanted, but when I tried the 8* I was just so much better in every way, both high and low. 8* (115) is bigger than I would choose, but it just works so well I don't even think about the tip any more.
FWIW a very good player friend of mine had a similar experience going from 7* to 8*.
 

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thanks for the response. im probably going to get it in the vintified finish, which i hear it has a slighter darker tone quality. is it worth it to get the extra pressure plates? i know it comes with 2
 

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I have a Durga 10 bari mouthpiece. But I like bigger tips than you do (I was playing a .120 metalite before this, and haven't gotten along with anything smaller than .115 on bari with a baffle for a long time). So I'd suggest the 8*. I did do a trial on an 8* and liked it very much, good power, I just wanted the bigger tip.

I recommend against the vintified finish. I've owned 2 tenor Durgas -- one vintified (size 8) and my current piece a gold 9. I also trialed a gold 8. In each case, I found the gold more attractive. It ages better (the vintified looks a little odd as it ages, in my experience). The mouth-feel of the gold is better. And I like the sound better -- Durgas are NOT super-bright pieces (Drake's contemporary crossover bari piece is MUCH brighter, for example, as are many Bergs). The Durgas have a nice thick clear sound. I have easily played my tenor Durga for straight-ahead jazz work with reed selection and practice (although I prefer my Gaia for jazz). The baritone Durga is more than versatile enough for everything from combo to r&b. You don't need to tone it down with the vintified finish.

No, don't get the extra pressure plates. I'm very happy with the couple that are provided. I've tried the others and -- although there's some difference -- its not worth spending money.
 

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thanks for the suggestion. i always thought the vintified was darker and the gold was brighter, and especially seeing the tim price video endorsement (vintified) and hearing the clips on the site (gold). but the clips were higher quality as opposed to the video, which probably just used the internal camera mic.
 

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I tested some at the namm show and also ended up preferring the 8*.
 

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In reference to the plates, I would not say it's not worth spending the money. It is an issue of preference. I know a couple of people, including myself, who prefer the solid silver plate on the Durga alto & tenor. Worth the money? In the end, You would have to decide that.

Wish you well.....
 
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