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I recently purchased a used but basically new RSR Tenor Sax. In the case, I found a Gigliotti Maestro Tenor Sax Mouthpiece 7* still in the box. I'm an intermediate player. Should I be using this mouthpiece, and if not, what would it be worth? I researched Anthony Gigliotti who was a 47 year first chair Clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also developed and marketed his own woodwind mouthpieces. I found A. M. Gigliotti, Inc. but it appears to have gone out of business....any info would be appreciated.
 

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much more known for clarinet mpcs. i have seen giggilotti sax mpcs that are runyon 22 models with a dif name. if it plays good why not use it
 

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RSR is a Chinese made saxophone

Gigliotti are better known as clrinet mouthpieces. It may very well be a Runyon. Value is not great . The 7* is rather open and you may find it not so easy to play unless you are used to play with this size.
 

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The question is if it is the right piece for you. 7* is a fairly open piece, and as milandro said, if you aren't used to playing on that open of a piece it probably won't be a good piece for you to play. As for what it is worth, hard to say without more detail. However, my guess is the same as milandro's, not that much.
 

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my 10c - if the tenor is a new experience for you do yourself a favour and get yourself a worhty piece that won't impede your progress. The world is full of Runyon fans but Gigliotti sax mouthpieces have never received similar accolades .
 

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I've had a new-in-box Gigliotti HR tenor mpc rattling around the shop through three moves (10 years?), that I think came with another purchase, incidentally, and it just never got opened or played.

I just opened it. It seems pretty obviously to be intended as a competitor for an HR Link. It has a chain band of "G"'s behind the beak that look like an Otto Link's "O" chain ring, rollover baffle that isn't Florida like but not scooped out like recent Links either, and it plays a lot like a 1990s Otto Link. It's a "5G*" opening.

I normally struggle with smaller openings, but I played this next to a piece by a renowned boutique maker, refaced by a well known name ($250-$500 now, depending on condition and model), and a new retail piece by a boutique specialist who is very sought after right now ($500+).

My chops are weak from not playing for 3 weeks, and I really only pay attention to tone, evenness of scale (both intonation and timbre), because I cannot play anything technically demanding, but I would play the small opening Gigliotti before I would play the other two, I think. There isn't anything wrong with the other two -- they are made to do specialized things (neither is really made to be even) -- but the Gigliotti (even in an opening too small for me) is easier to play, more even in every respect, and very similar to a pre-crappy-era Link.

It might be the only Gigliotti I've ever played (I think there were 1 or 2 in the past, but while I play nearly every horn that comes in, as part of working on it, I rarely -- almost never -- play people's mouthpieces unless for an overhaul). Small sample size.

The facing is obviously not done by a mainland China factory worker (those stock pieces actually play pretty well, better than a lot of past stock pieces, but they usually look like hell). It's clean and even. All of the presentation is clean and even -- more so than work by many well known refacers, definitely on a par with clean, handfaced American factories of the late 1990s.

Just my findings, adding them to this thread, as I search for "Gigliotti" in the archives to satisfy my own curiosity.
 
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