oh and if i end up getting the drake im thinking about a bigger tip opening (like a 9). hopefully that may darken the sound a bit...
yeah i've played a friends HR EB 9* for a few 3hr band rehearsals really liked it and wasn't getting fatiguedHave you played on a big opening before on Hard Rubber?
Those Drake pieces are phenomenal but I've seemed to notice they are "hit or miss".
Regardless they are great pieces! I've also noticed Drake pieces have a better quality in sound when at a larger opening for tenor and alto.
yeah i pretty much have. was just interested in others thoughts and whether there were other alternatives i hadn't looked atThen sounds like you've made up your mind.
Worst case is you get it, don't like it, and refund it.
And do you think this will not happen if you buy one blindly? I mean, having played it even once gives you at last a slight idea of its sound. I personally saved much money this way because i wouldn't have liked several i played in a shop which wouldn't have sounded better after 3 months. But you are right, you should check a mpc with many different reeds, maybe even different tip sizes and i personally also do recordings with them and play them in different rooms and (if the shop let me do it) take them home for some days to check them further.The problem with trying mouthpieces in shops is that first impressions are usually very misleading. In my experience, a mouthpiece's full potential will only emerge after you've been playing it for at least 3-5 days, several hours a day. When you try a mouthpiece, (or even a saxophone), you usually don't like it because you're so used to the previous one that you have, although sometimes the new mouthpiece IS actually much better. Our body needs time to adjust. And them sometimes you love a mouthpiece the first time you play it but after a week or two you get tired of it because it's not flexible enough. Or sometimes you love a mpc (or hate it) but, although you don't know it, the secret is in the reed, not the mouthpiece. So many people quickly discard a mouthpiece just because the reed that they're using at the time doesn't work well, but a different reed would do wonders. However, they're not aware of that, so they look elsewhere. This can go on for months or even years. So what I'm trying to say is that you need to spend time with a mouthpiece and try many different reeds on it. That's the slow, hard way, but in my view it's the right way.