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Try a large chamber mouthpiece. That should help a bit. I like dark sounding tenors and alto's, but I like a bright sounding soprano.
 

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You want a low baffle piece like a vintage Buescher or Martin. Also, some modern BARI pieces are rather dark with a low baffle.
 

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Depends how dark you want to go. If you want REALLY dark, get a Caravan and have it refaced.
 

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wmclean said:
JMax

What do you get out of a refaced Caravan that you don't get out of a stock Caravan ?

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A bigger tip opening. I'm assuming that Lorenzo is looking for a jazz mouthpiece if he's currently playing a Morgan Vintage 7. (Which is around a .65 if memory serves me.) You'll need to be able to put more air through the horn for jazz/commercial playing.
 

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Morgan Vintage 7 is shown as .070" in the info for those pieces. The #6 is
.065". The Super Session J is shown as .069" for comparison purposes. I find the Morgan Vintage 7 to be the warmest sop mouthpiece I've ever played. DAVE
 

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I find the Morgan Vintage 7 to be the warmest sop mouthpiece I've ever played. DAVE[/QUOTE said:
Dave,

BARIs are often indicated as dark, as subjective as that label is.

Have you ever played any BARI mpcs?

thanks,
L.
 

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L. I have a Bari Esprit and it is okay, but nothing like my SS-J's and Morgan Vintage pieces. I have not played the more open Bari pieces - would like to some time but honestly, I won't go out of my way to do it.

Reason? I love my SS-J's and Morgan Vintages and I have no need for something else (not there isn't anything better out there, I just don't have the need). DAVE
 

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Direct comparison between hard rubber Bari and Morgan Vintage of similar opening showed the latter was much darker.
 

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After trying darker mouthpieces, if you still want a darker sound, you will need to consider getting a darker sounding soprano. Several of the vintage ones are darker than their modern versions. My straight Conn is very dark. Vintage curved sops can be even darker. If I use a Buescher mouthpiece it really wallows in darkness.
 

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Mojo: Funny, I think my three Yanagisawa sopranos are all darker than my '28 Buescher TT. Our counter-opinions in this regard just serve to make my earlier point - one person's dark is another person's bright. DAVE
 

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Mojo: There's another one with which I don't agree. I have three Yanagisawa sopranos . . . SC902 (curved), S992 (straight) and S901 (straight). Both straight Yanagisawas sound darker to my ear then the SC902 . . . except when I recorded on the SC902. Then, it just sounded like a soprano (subject of another thread, by the way).

Both straight Yanagisawa sops sound the same when I play them (one bronze, one brass). DAVE
 

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Dave Dolson said:
Mojo: There's another one with which I don't agree. I have three Yanagisawa sopranos . . . SC902 (curved), S992 (straight) and S901 (straight). Both straight Yanagisawas sound darker to my ear then the SC902 . . . except when I recorded on the SC902. Then, it just sounded like a soprano (subject of another thread, by the way).

Both straight Yanagisawa sops sound the same when I play them (one bronze, one brass). DAVE
You've got a lot of horns, Dave...no criticism meant, just an observation...:shock:
 

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Ah, but they WERE Italian a while back . . . three Rampones (tipped bell sop, sopranino, R1 alto).

Yes, I know I have a lot of horns, but there are others here who have a HUGE number of saxophones. DAVE
 
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