You're already invested in the Rico. Why not save your money, get a file or a drill and hog out that high baffle a little bit? Round off the inside edge of that stepped tip as well. That should darken up the Rico and it might solve your reed compatibility issue, too.... I bout a rico metalite m5 just to see if this $30 mothpiece was worth it, and it's not bad. It's really bright, but I ... would prefer something a little darker.
I totally have to disagree with this. It’s no guarantee the mouthpiece comes back perfectly at all. I never had that experience.Two things:
First, the Theo Wanne NY Bros mouthpiece is only $200 now, I have heard great things about them... but I personally am doing the second option:
Buy a used modern meyer and send it to either Phil Engleman of Phil Tones or Erik Greiffenhagen to reface. This guarantees that the mouthpiece you get will play perfectly, because a professional is putting finishing touches on it.
I got the meyer for $50-60 on reverb and the cost to reface is $110 for Erik (with shipping) and about $150-160 for Phil depending on what is being refaced. I haven't received the mouthpiece yet and haven't sent it to Erik or Phil but once I do i will let you know! So in total this option is cheaper (about $170) than the theo wanne and you know it's perfect.
Have you sent a Meyer to me or to Eric?I totally have to disagree with this. It’s no guarantee the mouthpiece comes back perfectly at all. I never had that experience.
You will be better off with trying a few vandoren (oh yes they are good) D’addario and stock Meyer (there are plenty good ones).
Yes I have. I know how a mouthpiece should play. I will say it again: players will be better off with a mouthpiece that they at least have tried.Have you sent a Meyer to me or to Eric?
Perhaps you simply made poor choices in who you had work for you.
There are hacks out there. I recently repaired a Link done by someone with quite the reputation in Europe.
It looked/measured worse than most DYI refacing by players who wreck pieces....it literally showed no signs of skill or craft....so one does have to make wise and informed choices.
The difficulty is that some players have limited experience and low expectations that they make recommendations based on a lack of knowing what a good piece even plays like.
This is the problem with the internet. All voices are equal.
To me it sounds pretty much like a mantra that it is safe to send our mouthpieces to you. That’s why I think it was legitimate to say that you use this forum as marketing tool.I was a member of this forum long before I made mouthpieces and long before refacing pieces. My experience as a player and a mpc tech is that its not throwing money down the drain. Im willing to admit my bias but it sounds to me that you have an axe to grind that is not as clear as my accused and admitted bias.
its pretty cool how your psychic powers have determined how I see this forum and the world.
Ive posted in the past and recently that I would support the complete removal of the vendor section...including my subforum.