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Are there any mouthpieces you would reccommend for a curved Buescher TT?

or are there any mp's that I should stay away from for this horn?

thanx.

ADDED: The mouthpiece would be for classical use. I am thinking of a Selmer S80, are they ok on the True Tones?.
 

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A fellow sax quartet member uses a S80 on his TT alto to good effect. I don't know about soprano, but see no reason why not.
 

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the orig buescher mpc was the one that worked best on the turkey i had
 

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Vanduren A45 seems to work well-
 

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The Selmers are good. I think an S-90 would be best as it has a slightly larger chamber. I use a Super Session which is good and it will fit OK. The problem with the S-80 and S-90 is that they may need to be cut down a bit in order to clear the octave key.
 

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When I had a Buescher TT soprano the best mouthpiece match I found was a Ralph Morgan 6C.

A TT needs a larger chamber than what most current production soprano mouthpieces have. After all, Buescher TTs were designed around a very large chamber Buescher mouthpiece. Common sense! I think of the 6C as being like a modern version of a Buescher mouthpiece. The sound that I got with the 6C on my TT soprano was the soprano sound of my dreams -- really big, dark, clear, and gorgeous. Intonation was spot on.

The 6C is a special order. If you're interested contact JunkDude.com. The best way is by phone rather than email.

One thing I did to improve my 6C soprano mouthpiece was to have my local tech put a band of hard rubber around the shank to keep it from cracking....rather like how Ralph Morgan has a metal band around the thin shank of his Excalibur mouthpieces. Ralph's soprano mouthpieces have the old-style Selmer thin shank. It's never made sense to me why Selmer did that. In my experience, the thin shank needs to be reinforced. Perhaps Ralph could do that if you ask him. With my TT soprano the mouthpiece had to be cranked all the way on the cork....same thing on alto. Never the less, my goodness, that 6C worked BEAUTIFULLY on my TT.

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Roger Aldridge said:
A TT needs a larger chamber than what most current production soprano mouthpieces have.
My curved TT soprano plays more in tune with a Super Session than an older, larger chambered piece, and the Super Sessions have relatively small chambers. There are a ton of folks out there that really dig this combo (including me, obviously), but not sure how well it might be received for classical playing.
 

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At least on my straight TT soprano the Morgan Vintage 3C gives a very good centred classic tone with spot on intonation and a sound color somewhere between a flute and an oboe. And the price is quite nice at about $90.
 

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Grumps,

You hit the nail on the head. Intonation is the first thing to nail down in matching a modern mouthpiece to a vintage horn. As long as the intonation is okay, then just about any mouthpiece can be used on a TT. It then becomes a matter of personal taste as to the kind of sound one gets with a given mouthpiece and it's overall playability.

It never fails to intrique me how some mouthpieces that logically wouldn't seem to work on a vintage horn in some cases actually work quite well. Of course, the opposite can be true too. So many variables!

But....I'm curious, too, if a Super Session would be on the bright side for what The Sax is looking for.

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Roger Aldridge said:
But....I'm curious, too, if a Super Session would be on the bright side for what The Sax is looking for.
I find they give me a very open and broad sound on a TT, which I used for dixieland soloing. For me, the more open the better; and I've gone from initially playing an I, to sampling an H (if just for a moment), to finally settling on a J.
 

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Buescher TT mouthpeice

I have just bought a Buescher TT Alto (260005) which even before a re-pad and proper set up sounds wonderful :) :) . So far my Vandoren V5 mouthpeice does everything I want on this horn.

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thanks for all the replies
I will look into trying the SS's, S80's, and S90's

Thanks
 
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