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Matt: A couple of years ago, I saw a fabulous soprano player at the Orange County, CA, trad-jazz festival. He was Christian Vaudecrane from France, playing with Sac A'Puls.

Christian was playing a late model silver-plated MKVI sop with a curious cut-off mouthpiece. He told me it was specially made Selmer, but beyond that, our language difficulties made it impossible to pursue the issue.

Looking at this auction, reading the old thread about Claude Luter, and recalling my conversation with Vaudecrane makes me believe the mouthpiece in question all goes back to French (or maybe European) attempts to sound like Bechet (not a bad thing). I agree with the other posts, too. DAVE
 

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I had a soprano piece like that many years ago. I thought that I still had it, but I can't find it. It was a Link. The shank wasn't cut off on mine, it was made without one. It was a beautifully made mouthpiece, so I could see that it wasn't cut. I figured that it might have been made for use on a curved model horn. It was always a puzzle to me.....it disapeared from my stash, so it left as mysteriously as it arrived.
 

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Not sure about the piece, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be laying down $50 for shipping from Germany. Or maybe that old rubber is really, REALLY dense . . .
 
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