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My Level Aire for bari sax needs the bite plate replaced. It's a 'freebie' that I got probably 7 years ago.
It has DEEP tooth grooves and is pulling away from the tip. The gap makes getting a good seal around the piece nearly impossible.
Everything else is in pretty good shape. :)

Would any of you guys be able to do the job at a price that I could afford?
I really would prefer a 'pro' to do this before my "Son-in-Law" decides to try to 'fix' it himself and ruins my mouthpiece.

Quote a price here or by PM.
I might have pics if you need to take a peek first. (The kid has the piece in his posession at the moment)
 

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bandmommy, Here are two pics of a tenor Level Aire piece I cast a bite plate to... This is a very tedious process to say the least... Mojo here at SOTW quoted a price of $50 prior to me making my own (I am an accomplished boatbuilder & epoxy and molding tech) & I now respect Mojo's price as being very reasonable indeed... I would expect $75 +? would be fair charge for a LA bari piece... BTW, the list of materials, thinners, cleaners & supplies to perform this task number around 20+
 

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Yeah, Mojo's been doing this sort of thing for a while now. And as I recall, likes these old door stops. :bluewink:
Hey I resent that comment.





I have a doorstop that gets a nicer tone than a Brilhart :twisted:
 

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Hey, Hey... I really like the sweeter tone of my #8 later LA tenor piece... My earlier LA tenor piece #5 has a slight concave baffle & has a little edge to it's sound, I like it too! Door stops if you don't have the right chops, I played a LA thru college & still love em' but I have a Berg metal and a Selmer metal too...
 

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I might have to shoot Mojo a PM if he doesn't chime in.
That old 'doorstop' works pretty well on my old 400. It's just the leakies that take the fun out of playing it.
 

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I know a pro reed man that uses a baritone Level Air on an old Conn bass sax, believe it or not. You couldn't argue with how he sounds either. I did use Level Airs on alto and tenor for a couple decades myself. Since junior high actually... when I thought metal was cool. :headbang:
 

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I know a pro reed man that uses a baritone Level Air on an old Conn bass sax, believe it or not. You couldn't argue with how he sounds either. I did use Level Airs on alto and tenor for a couple decades myself. Since junior high actually... when I thought metal was cool. :headbang:
so now you play on wooden, plastic, rubber saxophones?
 

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I also need a replacement bite plate for my tenor LevelAir. Anyone know where I can get one? Does it have to be custom made?

I have an original vintage LevelAir. I'd like to restore it but I probably won't play it because it's such a screamer. Or should I try to sell it with the missing bite plate?

Dunno what to do with it. Right now it would make a good door stop. Don't want to throw it away. I'd like it to go to a good home, someone who will care for it.
 

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About eight years ago I bought two bite plates for the Level Air I had. After many hours on the phone one day a store/repair outfit in Indiana had several.

You know there have still got to be some of them out there, you just have to search, search & search!
 

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I know a guy who plays a bari LevelAir with no bite plate. Someone gave it to him when he was a starving college student, playing on the school's bari. He said he didn't realize they should have bit plates until a visiting clinician told him. He still uses it with no bite plate, 10 or 15 years later. He claims he's used to it that way.
 

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I might have to shoot Mojo a PM if he doesn't chime in.
That old 'doorstop' works pretty well on my old 400. It's just the leakies that take the fun out of playing it.
Sorry, I was on vacation with limited web access. Back on the job now. Replied to your Email.
 

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Not a problem! I'll have the 'doorstop' to you as soon as I can rescue it from the "Son-in-law".
 
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