I have a HR Berg 105/2 sms that I seem to like(at the moment) on my Yani T880. What are people using on HR Bergs for ligs and reeds. I think the stock lig is pretty good but those cylindrical screw heads tear up my fingers.
I have 2 HR Bergs (and a great old metal Berg @1960). I don't play 'em much any more but I have always had good success with Winslow ligs on these (and other pieces -- I'm using a Winslow bari sax lig on my RPC! The RPC is huge!). Winslow ligs are a bit pricey, I admit, but I think they're worth every penny.
I forgot: I also have a HR Berg bari piece, which I do use for jazz; it's a very good piece, and the Winslow bari lig fits that fine. Someday I'll get my RPC bari piece, and I guess I'll have to use a bear trap for a lig on that!
Bob, I have a new brass Francois Louis lig that is made for HR bergs. I ordered it thinking it would fit my HR links but it's too small. It cost me over 100.00 to get it. i'd sell to you for 60+5 for shipping if your interested, Steve
I had (have) one of the older, standard FLs -- it BARELY fit on my RPC; sounded good, but then it fell apart! Likely from being used on a mpc it barely fit. I'd like one of the new ones, but I don't think they make one that will fit. Maybe someday. Meanwhile, the Winslow is very good, for me.
Thanks for the offer but I think I'm going to try to find something on the cheaper side. I actually like the Berg lig except for the screws which are uncomfortable to tighten. May just replace those or possibly just go with a Rovner.
I've played a number of HR Bergs over the years. Pretty much any lig that will fit a typical HR Alto piece (such as a Meyer) will work on a HR Berg tenor piece.
Check out Doug Lawrence, who is the lead tenor player for the current Count Basie Orchestra. Doug plays a 103-3 (its a JVW reface) with an Optimum alto lig. Although Optimums are pricy too (about $80.00 with a brass cap), I use one on my bari piece and find it to be a really good, easy to use lig.
Take the screws to your local hardware store and get some new thumb screws that match. Even if the new screws are too long you can cut them down with a hacksaw. I hate those round screws as well and do not understand why the Berg folks have not changed them.
I don't own a HR Berg (I play the metal one), but I've played one a couple of times now. No info on the ligs.
for reeds : for me Rico Jazz Select works best with them. Vandoren ZZ does work too, but can make them roar just a bit too much. Vandoren V16 is really sounding like a badly regulated Harley passing by. Didn't try other ones yet.
I've just started messing around with a 110/0/M grained ebonite Berg. I'm using Legere Studio Cut #3 reeds and a Rovner EVO lig (I know what you mean about the small screws). The sound is fine; thick and cutting.
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