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Have you ever had a mouthpiece that you really wanted to play such that you went in search of a saxophone that would match it?
 
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Not yet! But definitely if I get a backup sax I鈥檒l be taking my favorite pieces to try it out with. I have a Jodyjazz Jet that I like but I think is too bright on my current sax, if I found a sax that worked with that well I might be tempted... but my main piece is a Vandoren Java and whatever I got would have to sound good with that. I'd rather not go back to square one on mouthpieces with a new sax.
 

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Once you play it you might have such a high opinion of it anymore. Best not to play it and maintain its aura of excellence. Put it on a bed of purple stain in a glass display case bathed in soft white light. Label it "Best Saxophone Mouthpiece Ever" and enjoy it.
 

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Have you ever had a mouthpiece that you really wanted to play such that you went in search of a saxophone that would match it?
No, but I've had a favorite mouthpiece that wasn't a good match for a horn I picked up, so I found a different mouthpiece for it. Wanting a mouthpiece to work, for whatever reason, is the worst reason to play one.
 

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Or, taking it one step further, a reed.
I'm definitely matching my mouthpieces with the Fiberreed Carbon reeds, as I'm not very motivated to move back to cane. Very stable and responsive reeds, but on the bright and rather thin side tone wise. So big chambers all the way, old style. Still not clear what is the best match on soprano.
 

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Have you ever had a mouthpiece that you really wanted to play such that you went in search of a saxophone that would match it?
No.

As Grumps commented, I prefer to match a mouthpiece to a horn for desired response and intonation. Once you have such a proven combination, you realize the folly of taking your favorite mouthpiece to try new horns, because that mouthpiece may not be the optimal match for each horn you try.

Bottom line: Once you find a good combination of mouthpiece and horn, stop looking.
 

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Have you ever had a mouthpiece that you really wanted to play such that you went in search of a saxophone that would match it?
Yes, I鈥檝e been playing pieces with a little more baffle and larger chambers lately (10MFAN Robusto and a Theo Wanne piece). As a result my tone has been a little more brilliant and less focused. So I鈥檝e been looking for a darker reeds and a darker more focused instrument than the Yamaha 62/82 platform (AKA Selmers).
 

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No, but once you have a great mouthpiece and play it for years, the mouthpiece becomes more important than what horn you have. So when you try horns, the ones that don't do it for you with your mouthpiece are not good candidates for purchase.
 

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I'm definitely matching my mouthpieces with the Fiberreed Carbon reeds, as I'm not very motivated to move back to cane. Very stable and responsive reeds, but on the bright and rather thin side tone wise. So big chambers all the way, old style. Still not clear what is the best match on soprano.
I've found the perfect mouthpiece match for Fiberreed.
 
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