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Although I've been playing for a long time, never got into getting new mouthpieces. I wanted a Selmer Soloist but there are a lot of facings (C*, F, D, E, etc). What is the difference between them and how does it translates into the opening of the mouthpiece?

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As much as anybody would hate to hear this :)......please search (with the appropriate search engine provided on the forum) the many, many threads already opened and the tutorials on the very same matter. Having said that C, D, E, F.....6, 7, 8, refers to the opening of the mouthpiece and the facing lenght....there are countless charts to be found almost anywhere on the internet telling you the comparative sizes and particular measurements of each. There is really no need for another thread like this. Oh! Welcome to the forum!;)

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Estagro: Besides doing your own research through SOTW, I have a Soloist F for alto. The F means the tip opening is a lot wider than the smaller C*, and they are graduated to more open as the letters go up. Same with other makers who use numbers . . . the STM Link 8* is going to be more open than a 6*, etc.

The result (at least for me) is that the more open the tip, the softer the reed - and I prefer soft reeds. And, I can achieve a bigger, stronger, warmer sound with that set-up than I can with the narrower tip openings. I do not use any amplification. DAVE
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