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I just bought on ebay a mouthpiece and when I opened the package I notice a defect, there is a hole in the baffle, like you can see in the picture. Do you think this defect has an impact on the sound ?
A week ago I tried the same mouthpiece model, same opening and I feel that the one I bought has a different tone, less round with more presence in the higher harmonics, but the seller says this should make no difference.

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Thats not the baffle, and thats not a hole. :)

It's just a scratch and won't affect anything.
 

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Sorry 10mfan, I am french and I assume my technical english is clearly incorrect... but the picture speaks by itselfs :)
 

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I was just having some fun....
It won't affect anything.
Since you are in France, Phil Engelman is in France now, and I recommend you bring him the piece and tell him how you want it to sound. He will do a good job for you.
 

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I don't think that little mark will have any effect on how that mouthpiece plays.

However, most mouthpieces will vary slightly, even among the same models, because of the natural variations in machining and hand-finishing. Oh, I have experienced some consistency with certain brands and models, but most of the time there are differences.

I agree about asking Phil to help you, although there may be other mouthpiece specialists who can do the job. I'd prefer Phil, though. OR, just accept the differences and use each one in appropriate circumstances. DAVE
 

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A week ago I tried the same mouthpiece model, same opening and I feel that the one I bought has a different tone, less round with more presence in the higher harmonics, but the seller says this should make no difference.
As I read it, he tried a similar mouthpiece, but did not buy that one. The one he bought is the one in the picture, and to Brulien it has a different tone. So I don't think that he has a mouthpiece to try to match this one to.
 

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Like everyone said..lthat little dot has next to zero impact. It is safe to say that almost every mouthpiece is a little different. Some a rema lot different...even from thensame maker, same model. That one probably has a shorter facing or higher baffle (or both). Of course you may be playing it with a different reed, a different space and our memories are tricky. But like i said...it is. Not surprising that this one is different from the one you played.
 

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When it comes to mouthpieces, you learn eventually to grab the one you like because they are all different. Once there was a soprano mouthpiece 'pass-around' here. Several tried it and passed it on with various comments. When it got to me I immediately knew it was going to be my soprano mouthpiece. I contacted the maker and bought it. I was not interested in passing it on and buying one 'just like it' because there is no such thing.
 

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Hi there !

I just bought on ebay a mouthpiece and when I opened the package I notice a defect, there is a hole in the baffle, like you can see in the picture. Do you think this defect has an impact on the sound ?
A week ago I tried the same mouthpiece model, same opening and I feel that the one I bought has a different tone, less round with more presence in the higher harmonics, but the seller says this should make no difference.

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That little defect within itself won't affect the sound or feel. There's a lot of other things going on that you can't see such as inconsistency in the way they're made. When you tried the other one did you use a different reed? That would make all the difference. How long have you been playing? You may just want to stick to one mouthpiece for a long time and learn how to pick reeds out on this mouthpiece. Phil Barone
 
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