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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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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...)

 

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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 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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