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Hi,

I do a lot of classical playing so I play a rascher with a teal facing. I put a 4 reed on straight out of the box and it does fine for me.

For Jazz, I play a Lakey mouthpiece. I like just about everything about it. It is a 5*3. I do not like the facing on it. The problem is that it is one of the more closed facings they offer. The openess of that facing makes me have to devote a completely new set of reeds to that mouthpiece. I am looking for something that I keep one set of reeds with.

Anybody got any suggestions?

Musically yours,

Howie
 

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Unless you want to use a really closed jazz mouthpiece you will have to buy different brands of reeds, or at least softer ones.
 

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You also want to go with much less baffle if you go with a smaller tip.
Maybe a selmer E or F?
 

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OR.... send the Lakey to someone like Brian Powell.. God knows Lakey's need the work anyway, and he can take the tip down for you while improving every aspect of the mouthpiece.. for around $75.. which is cheaper than buying a new mouthpiece.. and certainly better quality than you will ever get for $75
 

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...and I gotta ask. What's a 'Rascher with Teal facing.'
 

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Larry Teal... like some of the older Selmers..
 

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Hersch17 said:
Larry Teal... like some of the older Selmers..
Uh, Hersch. I met Dr. Teal and spent an afternoon talking to him

. I've just never heard of a Rascher with a Teal facing. The LT version of selmer mouthpieces has a round chamber instead of a horseshoe or square.

I've heard of Sigurd Raschur mouthpieces, too. I've never heard of a Teal facing.
 

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hakukani said:
Uh, Hersch. I met Dr. Teal and spent an afternoon talking to him

. I've just never heard of a Rascher with a Teal facing. The LT version of selmer mouthpieces has a round chamber instead of a horseshoe or square.

I've heard of Sigurd Raschur mouthpieces, too. I've never heard of a Teal facing.
He's probably referring to a close tip/long facing curve combination. Rascher pieces are often close, but have a facing curve that's a bit on the short side.
 

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Or maybe Bob Scott put a "Larry Teal/Donald Sinta facing" on his Rascher?

As to the original question - are you saying you want to be able to swap the very same reeds between mouthpieces, or you just want to stock one style/strength of reeds? I would think the former might not be a very good idea - doesn't the reed deform to the mouthpiece a little, making swapping inadvisable?

Actually I'm not too gung-ho about the second option either - if that tip opening on the Rascher/Teal is like .055" - .060", that's awfully closed for a jazz mouthpiece, which is I presume what you'd need if you want to use the same strength reed.
 

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There is someone out there who copies the Teal facing and puts it on Rascher and Caravan pieces. I think Chitownjazz got it right when he said it was Bob Scott, but I seem to remember soemone else doing it too...
 

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J.Max said:
There is someone out there who copies the Teal facing and puts it on Rascher and Caravan pieces. I think Chitownjazz got it right when he said it was Bob Scott, but I seem to remember soemone else doing it too...
Can I make a second guess in the off chance that my first one was wrong? Laurence Wyman?

Bob Scott puts Sinta facings on Teal mouthpieces.

Now, who was it that puts Rascher facings on Teal mouthpieces?
 

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chitownjazz said:
Can I make a second guess in the off chance that my first one was wrong? Laurence Wyman?

Bob Scott puts Sinta facings on Teal mouthpieces.

Now, who was it that puts Rascher facings on Teal mouthpieces?
Methinks this sounds a bit irRascherional.:doubt:
 

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chitownjazz said:
Can I make a second guess in the off chance that my first one was wrong? Laurence Wyman?

Bob Scott puts Sinta facings on Teal mouthpieces.

Now, who was it that puts Rascher facings on Teal mouthpieces?
A crazy person? :twisted:



Yes, I'm just trying to stir up trouble again.
 

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Buy different reeds for jazz and classical. It's not that great an expense. Just be glad you don't have to buy reeds for tenor, clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet! Thank god I like Fibracells on bari, or else I would never have any money, ever.
 

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Otto Link hard rubber maybe a .085" opening on tenor would be a good compromise. A Morgan 5L would be a good one to try as well. Personally I play a slightly modified hard rubber link with a .100" opening for all types of music but I like playing softer reeds.
 
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