From my experiences, all those pieces will play sharp on that horn... but that's just going by mine, which is a 98K. You'll need to find those old fat, pickle-barrel pieces; the ones that are practically bass sax sized. Old Woodwind Co. pieces can be less stuffy than some of the other choices, but in original facings, most of these pieces are going to be fairly closed tipped. The only modern mouthpiece that I could find that would play in tune on my old Conn bari (and with some edge), after trying/buying/trading countless pieces, is an RPC rollover. It's got a big chamber and a long shank (5 1/2" total length), and after years of searching, was the answer to my prayers.Chris said:Otto Link, Berg, Selmer....
When was your alto made though? And this isn't to say that you must have a vintage mouthpiece with a vintage horn. Just in this case, Old Conn baritones can be fickle. Don't those Selmer mouthpieces have flat side walls? I think you'll really need an extra large, round chambered mouthpiece; preferably with a long shank to boot. Test them out and see, but make sure you can return and/or resell any mouthpiece that doesn't play in tune.Chris said:What do you think of a selmer s80 d or e?
I think that's a bargain for a hand finished mouthpiece these days, but I got mine for a little less second hand. A new one will take a few months to be made and delivered after your order, so you wouldn't get it right away. Something to consider before purchasing. Also, what works for me might not be best for you, Older Conn altos and tenors might be more forgiving concerning mouthpiece choices. From my experiences (and reports from others), the bari isn't.Chris said:RPC rollover = new 235$ are they really good?
I gave away my last spare "pickle-barrel" not too long ago, but yeah, just about all of the old ones are pretty closed. I just did a search using the word "pickle" (as this has come up before), and found quite a few discussions in the past regarding this issue. You might want to take a look at some of these threads for more ideas:Chris said:Can somebody sell me a good old big chamber mouthpiece?
On tenor i hate old conn and buescher mouthpieces with a big Chamber. They don't work for me on tenor. The tip opening is very close.
Is this a problem on bari, too (tip opening to close)?