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Anyone out there using this mouthpiece regularly without refacing. Since, the tip opening is relatively small for adult - 0.067" according to Theo's website, I thought harder reeds are required.

I am getting this piece soon, and wondering if I shall open it a bit as my normal opening is larger and I use reeds of medium strength only. :?
 

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This is a great piece

I had one of these in H.S 78-81 w/ a .75-.80 and was using #3.5-4 strgth reed on it this mpc. is a great lead piece and can produce great altissimo..have Fun w/it
 

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I have the tenor version of this mouthpiece. It's the darkest piece I own for tenor. I use it for concert band/classical playing.
 

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I have just posted a youtube clip of me playing my 420M, you get an idea of the tone. Because I have stepped up a reed I am puffing a bit, but the tone is there (somewhere) As hakukani, it is a dark sound, almost classical, but it suits me.

Excuse the playing, especially the tenor, which I have now played a grand total of 10 times....(there's practice for you...)

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=F_LH_LXunkk
 

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Thanks so much for all the feedback. It looks like harder reeds 3.5-4 would suit this piece. If my memory serves me right, Desmond also used Rico 3 reeds on this piece. I can only use medim strength reeds (ie Java 2.5), anyway lets see how it plays......
 

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I use a Master Model Gregory that is almost the same as the Model A. It's just a later version. #3 Robertos work well for me. I tried 2 1/2 reeds. They sounded thin to me.
 

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I am actually using a Model A 3A 16M. I have asked my mpc tech to open it up 0.071" and it plays great now. This new piece of #4 tip opening is just 0.067" so it may still be small for me.
 

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Finally got the Model A 4A 18M in original condition yesterday. Good and bad. Bad first. The tip rail is very thick so it is difficult to blow. I have owned other Gregories and this one has the thickest tip rail. I think I need to perfect it. The good thing is that the core tone is what I had expected - fuller, rounder than my other Model A 16M (smaller chamber). :D
 

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Mine sure looks original and none of the rails are thick at all. A plain old Rico 3 1/2 plays great on it.
 

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Just posted a photo of the tip rail

Saintsday, please kindly review the photo attached. Don't you think the tip rail is thicker than normal?

Thanks.
 

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It looks thicker than mine. I'll take a pic later if I have time and post it for comparison.
 

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Prior to this one, I have had 2 Model A and 1 Master. They all arrived in original condition and none of them have tip rails as thick as this. But this is not a big problem as it can be perfected by a professional refacer.
 

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Tip and side rails perfected!

My tech finally helped to perfect the tip and side rails of my Model A 4A 18M. Here is a photo. Not only it looks fine now, it plays GREAT too!
 

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Looks to me like the rail closest in the photo is a bit scratch up near the tip where as it wasn't in the photo before?

As long it works, that's all that matters.
 

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Thanks. In fact, there is no scratch on the side rail. The photo picked up and exaggerated the dust or whatever.
 
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