Look for a posting of an original Guardala brochure. He described all his mouthpieces and listed them in order of 'brightness'. However, from what I know of the two you mentioned, they have more similarities than differences. I know the 'Crescent' was about a #6 (Otto Link sizes) and was essentially the least bright of his offerings. You would have to want to play like Coltrane , with a stiffer reed, to get that kind of 'strident' sound he was noted for. If I played it I still would sound the same but maybe with not as much 'presence'. The Marsalis I basically know nothing about except what I can tell from pictures, which is where I learned the baffle/chamber is similar to the Crescent.
Thanks for posting that - I have one around here somewhere but I think I hid it from myself. You know how that goes; 'I'll put it in this special place so I will remember where it is'. Unfortunately that never works. Actually I don't think mine had some of those models. It dated from 1989. The 'King' model was still called the 'King Curtis' at that time.
Thank you for your answers, I'm playing with a tenor Jody Jazz HR 8 and I want to change it. I really like his sound but maybe I'm a little bored of him..I still have not decided what mouthpiece I'm going to buy
I had several handmade Guardala handmade mouthpiece including both Crescent and Branford Marsalis models. On the whole, the BM had a more powerful, modern sound imho whereas the Crescent is more balanced with a vintage core. I own the Crescent shown in this clip, and I'm very happy with it. In fact the Crescent is my all time favourite Guardala, and I played them ALL.
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