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https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s...o-link-metall-tenor-florida/925882805-74-1012

I know the guy who's offering the Florida STM and have already mailed him: the box is an earlier NY STM box (I told him so), and the screw of the ligature (no engraving, this he told me) is imho too shallow to make it a Florida ligature.
I'm not close to buying that piece, but I have rarely come across a 3* Florida no USA and wonder how it plays and sounds. I have a couple of Double Rings and STMs, but they are in the 7 to 10* range.
Is the 3* tip opening too closed or can the mouthpiece be brought to life with a harder reed?
Thanks for sharing your experience.
 

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I like small tips but a 3* probably wouldn’t work for me. I have a Slant Tone Edge 4 that plays well but it gets hard to play the palm keys.
 

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a 3* would be C* on the Selmer scale and measuring 74 which is really small, probably suited to people who are used to play a C*.

I don’t understand wo would want to do this but it takes all sorts. Maybe with a lollipop stick? I favor the absolute opposite.
 

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https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s...o-link-metall-tenor-florida/925882805-74-1012

I know the guy who's offering the Florida STM and have already mailed him: the box is an earlier NY STM box (I told him so), and the screw of the ligature (no engraving, this he told me) is imho too shallow to make it a Florida ligature.
I'm not close to buying that piece, but I have rarely come across a 3* Florida no USA and wonder how it plays and sounds. I have a couple of Double Rings and STMs, but they are in the 7 to 10* range.
Is the 3* tip opening too closed or can the mouthpiece be brought to life with a harder reed?
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I'm assuming you're talking about a tenor mouthpiece. A 3* is .065, too closed to do anything with but it could be opened up and made into something great. I make sopranos mouthpieces that are more open than this. Phil Barone
 

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Yes, it's a tenor piece. I thought this did not have to be stated since it's in the "Tenor" section of this forum.
 

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I have in my (big) collection two pieces with a very small tip. Both play surprisingly well with a harder reed (3.5 or above), but I still prefer a bigger tip / softer reed setup myself.

The small tip pieces I have are:

1. Otto Link NY Double Ring 4* (original, measures about 0.075", including box, cap and ligature):
https://plus.google.com/photos/108637650008771977212/albums/5944958473690165649
(This one has an original earlier NY STM box with the NY address, the one listed by you has the same colours, but a Florida address as used for Florida no USA's. The ligature listed with the 3* looks fine and original Florida no USA period to me.)

2. Brilhart Tonalin Great Neck 3* (original, measures 0.075"):
https://plus.google.com/photos/108637650008771977212/albums/5945344704917134545

The 3* you posted my play reasonable with a very hard reed. It also depends on the facing length: if it has a shorter facing curve it have a bit more resistance, besides what comes from the harder reed. But I think it's too small to really be comfortable for modern players (unless you're used to already play small tips).
 

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I have a Florida USA tenor piece with a 2 opening ( side stamped , small font .)
The facing is original , and the tip measures 51 thou .
Very easy blowing piece !
I have never seen another !
 
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