Tenor: Eastman 52nd St, Alto: P. Mauriat 67RDK, Soprano: Eastern Music Curvy
Here's the review I just finished up for the GS Mark II, hope it helps those looking for a mouthpiece like this one!
It's really a cool piece. Definitely enjoy unique designs! I think it has a quite a few extra mid partials in the sound that really add something extra. Definitely not my favorite piece for a ballad though it is absolutely capable! This one could be great for straight ahead or more intense playing for sure. And it does get LOUDNice vid. I really liked this piece -- it was a ton of fun to play! -- but it was a little brighter and more powerful than I typically go for. The Slant was much more up my alley, but was too similar to what I already play. While I traded both pieces away recently I definitely think I'll have to revisit this one in the not-too-distant future. Might need to add a little sound dampening to the walls first.
The Sapphire is inspired by rather than based on a link. The Sapphire is way more lush subtoning and has a lot more power than Links. As I understand it, Phil was going for the EB sound rather than restricting himself to Link geometry. I appreciate the GS Mark II has a different geometry but I'm only interested in the sound.the Sapphire is based on a link (EB/Slant) design, and this does differ from that
Ah yes, poor word choice on my part! I was just using the geometry to try to explain a possible tonal difference since I haven't tried it. Hopefully soon and I'll be sure to share those details hereThe Sapphire is inspired by rather than based on a link. The Sapphire is way more lush subtoning and has a lot more power than Links. As I understand it, Phil was going for the EB sound rather than restricting himself to Link geometry. I appreciate the GS Mark II has a different geometry but I'm only interested in the sound.
Personally I feel explaining using geometry is best left to the mouthpiece designers. They have a "magic" to get the same sound from what seems to me to be radically different geometries!using the geometry to try to explain a possible tonal difference
The Slant is more of a classic "Blue Note Era" sound. The Mark II is bigger, broader, and brighter. Someone around here suggested that it has more of an '80s "Jan Garbarek" vibe. I could certainly see it going in that direction, but because I tend toward the darker end of the spectrum by default, with me playing it, and with a Legere Signature reed, I get a brighter Dexter Gordon, maybe if Dexter played a Berg. Still very manageable, very straight. I don't think you could get it to peel paint, but you might give the wallpaper a run for its money.How do you compare the GS Mark II to the GS Slant? It sounds very similar to me but what do they feel like.
Agreed, it sounded best here. This could be due to the 8 being on the larger side for me, so a softer reed is more in alignment with what I play. However (and I didn't include any recording) If I played with a little less oomph behind the notes, the 2.0 was thinner, especially up top. I thought the nexus 2.5 was best from the players perspective, just would have taken me longer to break this reed in a bit more and get it playing well.I preferred BSS 2.0 for the better subtone and better overall tone throughout range (to my ear).
Generally, I find softer reeds tend to less mid-range complexity, more likely to tend really flat around mid C#, tend thin up top but tend to have more lush and easier subtone, and more expressive dynamics for ballads.If I played with a little less oomph behind the notes, the 2.0 was thinner, especially up top.