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Wanted to offer a "mini-review" of my recently purchased Morgan Excalibur Indiana 8* model. I have had several Excaliburs over the years and they were all really nice. The comfort of the thinner beak has always appealed to me. However, they always blew a little on the dark side for me; especially when I acquired a sax that had a very dark tone.

After a discussion and recommendation from Dave, I decided to give the new Indiana model a try. Upon my initial try I really liked the feel and sound of the piece. It still has a nice fat core tone but the re-designed baffle added just the right amount (for me) of edge and definition.

My strobe test proved that it would stay in tune with very little adjustment from note to note. Most were "in the green" and what wasn't, was very close.

On my first gig with the piece I found that I was able to pretty much forget my mouthpiece and even my sax and just concentrate on the music. To me that is the "acid test" for any equipment. It is easy blowing with little resistance; except the good kind. I ended the night with no fatigue and lots of compliments on my sound. My Link Millenuim is now for sale as I think I found a keeper!!
 

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:cry::cry::cry:I wish I could rename the thread to Indiana.
 

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Wanted to offer a "mini-review" of my recently purchased Morgan Excalibur Indiana 8* model. I have had several Excaliburs over the years and they were all really nice. The comfort of the thinner beak has always appealed to me. However, they always blew a little on the dark side for me; especially when I acquired a sax that had a very dark tone.

After a discussion and recommendation from Dave, I decided to give the new Indiana model a try. Upon my initial try I really liked the feel and sound of the piece. It still has a nice fat core tone but the re-designed baffle added just the right amount (for me) of edge and definition.

My strobe test proved that it would stay in tune with very little adjustment from note to note. Most were "in the green" and what wasn't, was very close.

On my first gig with the piece I found that I was able to pretty much forget my mouthpiece and even my sax and just concentrate on the music. To me that is the "acid test" for any equipment. It is easy blowing with little resistance; except the good kind. I ended the night with no fatigue and lots of compliments on my sound. My Link Millenuim is now for sale as I think I found a keeper!!
Nice to see a discussion on this newish model from Morgan..... I've been playing one for a while now and am really loving it. I'm curious how you find the resistance compared to your Link Millenium? I find the resistance to be more signifigant than on most pieces I've tried in similar openings.... for me it's a big plus becuase it let's me use a smaller tip opening and still play the reed strengths I prefer. These pieces are way underrated IMHO!
 

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And clips! Soundclips we want!
 

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And clips! Soundclips we want!
Maybe you permit some rambling around the topic while waiting for our Indiana-owners on the forum get those nice sound clip making machines ready.

On the net good sound clips of Indiana models may be hard to find. These are the best Morgan Tenor Jazz/Excalibur clips I've found:

Steve Neff, sound clips and pics of some Morgan Jazz models:

http://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2010/02/morgan-ml-8-tenor-mouthpiece/
http://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2010/04/morgan-mll-8-tenor-saxophone-mouthpiece/

http://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2009/08/morgan-8m-tenor-mouthpiece/
(no pics)

The Morgan Excalibur models are basically similar to the Morgan Jazz Models but with streamlined bodies.

Models L and M are the original Ralph Morgan models. FL, IN and NY are variations getting gradually brighter from the dark L towards the M model.
The models Steve Neff tested have now new names, ML = New York (NY) and MLL = Florida (FL)

AFAIK the Morgan facing curves are quite steep (not radial) making these pieces a bit resistant in a positive way. Also you can play smaller tips without having to use harder reeds. Also articulating is more powerful than with your standard HR Link TE.

I have an Excalibur 9L, actually a bit too open for me but fun to play. Big and voluminous tone with enough bite, quite easy to play. Tip opening .110
My other Excalibur is a 7FL (Florida), next step towards brightness from L. Tip opening is .095. I like this piece too but I'm not sure if this is my chosen small tip mouthpiece. It is not Link-like in spite of its name, rather a Morgan's answer to the popular trend.

There are sound clips also on Morgan site but IMO they are not too representative. You may feel otherwise.

One of the several Max Ionata YouTube clips is said to be played on Morgan Excalibur but I'm not sure which one it actually is.

My Excalibur 9L and Selmer MkVI can occasionally sound like this excellent James Calandrella clip:

James Calandrella - Morgan Excalibur 6L
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdN_rlNT0gs
 

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And clips! Soundclips we want!
Along with two medium chamber Excalibur models, we offer three large chamber Excalibur model mouthpieces (Indiana, Florida, and L Chamber). All the large chamber models have a darker core tone with some edge to it. This model has the most edge of our large chamber Excalibur model mouthpieces. If you have experienced Early Babbitt Otto Links and enjoy them, then this is certainly a mouthpiece to try. If you generally like Otto Link tenor pieces, but would like a bit more edge, then this is one to try.

Here are a couple clips I could find quickly for the Indiana Model.

Simon Harding at a trade show…lots of background noise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av0SrhlGNUQ

Ben Wendel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIqdkqfE6v4
 

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Along with two medium chamber Excalibur models, we offer three large chamber Excalibur model mouthpieces (Indiana, Florida, and L Chamber). All the large chamber models have a darker core tone with some edge to it. This model has the most edge of our large chamber Excalibur model mouthpieces. If you have experienced Early Babbitt Otto Links and enjoy them, then this is certainly a mouthpiece to try. If you generally like Otto Link tenor pieces, but would like a bit more edge, then this is one to try.

Here are a couple clips I could find quickly for the Indiana Model.

Simon Harding at a trade show…lots of background noise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av0SrhlGNUQ

Ben Wendel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIqdkqfE6v4
Thanks for posting.
The Indiana sounds fantastic indeed with a nice edge.
 

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Along with two medium chamber Excalibur models, we offer three large chamber Excalibur model mouthpieces (Indiana, Florida, and L Chamber). All the large chamber models have a darker core tone with some edge to it. This model has the most edge of our large chamber Excalibur model mouthpieces. If you have experienced Early Babbitt Otto Links and enjoy them, then this is certainly a mouthpiece to try. If you generally like Otto Link tenor pieces, but would like a bit more edge, then this is one to try.

Here are a couple clips I could find quickly for the Indiana Model.

Simon Harding at a trade show…lots of background noise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av0SrhlGNUQ

Ben Wendel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIqdkqfE6v4
Really good sound clips in spite of the background noise and room echo. Thank you.

These clips are new to me and I have really tried to google for good ones but never found these.
Listening to these and the Calandrella clip you can get a good idea of the capabilities of this mouthpiece.
It would help if we also knew the tip opening and reed used.
 

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Is there a reason the Indiana is only made with the Excalibur body shape, and not with the regular body shape?
Along with two medium chamber Excalibur models, we offer three large chamber Excalibur model mouthpieces (Indiana, Florida, and L Chamber). All the large chamber models have a darker core tone with some edge to it. This model has the most edge of our large chamber Excalibur model mouthpieces. If you have experienced Early Babbitt Otto Links and enjoy them, then this is certainly a mouthpiece to try. If you generally like Otto Link tenor pieces, but would like a bit more edge, then this is one to try.

Here are a couple clips I could find quickly for the Indiana Model.

Simon Harding at a trade show…lots of background noise:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av0SrhlGNUQ

Ben Wendel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIqdkqfE6v4
 

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I should give a shout out to JunkDude while we’re talking about the Indiana ..... after I bought mine they let me exchange it TWICE until I found my perfect tip opening which ending up being a .095.
 

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Really good sound clips in spite of the background noise and room echo. Thank you.

These clips are new to me and I have really tried to google for good ones but never found these.
Listening to these and the Calandrella clip you can get a good idea of the capabilities of this mouthpiece.
It would help if we also knew the tip opening and reed used.
If anybody's interested I just recorded myself on my Indiana, pretty close to the mic and with no background noise. It's me noodling and definitely not Ben Wendel but I think it catches the sound pretty well. The full setup here is a Morgan Excalibur Indiana 7 (.095), Conn 10M, Rigotti 3.5 light reed, and a silver Ishimori alto ligature (which fits perfectly on these slim tenor pieces)....



https://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13761020
 

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Is there a reason the Indiana is only made with the Excalibur body shape, and not with the regular body shape?
Mostly just due to the production cycle of castings. We should have regular stock of the Indiana Model available on the Jazz body this Fall. In the meantime, we can always custom make them. Email [email protected] if you are interested in having one custom made.

For those who don't know, we have two body shapes. The Jazz Models have a standard size hard rubber body. The Excalibur Models have a streamline hard rubber body. The streamline bodies feel smaller in the mouth and take smaller ligatures...the tenor uses a standard size alto lig and the also uses a standard size clarinet lig. Each body comes is available with multiple chambers / interiors. Corresponding interiors of the Jazz models are the same as the Excalibur models. For example, the Jazz Florida Model has the same interior as the Excalibur Florida Model...the difference is the exterior body shape.
 
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