I'd like to jump in on this.JimiDS said:Hey let me ask one more thing
What is your suggestion for a beginner to intermediate player? (that means that i am a beginner but i want to keep that mpc for some time!!)
But enviroguy's been playing since he was a teenager and he has teenagers himself now - this would be way overkill for a beginner (Jim, that's like buying yourself a '54 Les Paul with soap bars and running it through a Mesa Boogie triple rectifier, OK? ). When I started out I made the mistake of shelling out a lot of cash for fancy mouthpieces in large tip openings that I couldn't play!Enviroguy said:I currently play a metal Link STM Florida from the 1950's that's been refaced by Ed Zentera. The tip size is around a 7* (.105)
Didn't realize this. By all means wait until you have settled in with your teacher and established a direction that you are going then let him help you with recommendations.Rick Adams said:If I remember correctly, JimiD has literally only just started on the sax in the last wek or two and is yet to even take any lessons which he's planning to start in a week or so. If this is the case then I think the best advice is to hang on with whatever you got until you see your teacher because he might be able to advise you. In any case, wait six months before buying anything decent because in the first 6 months of playing sax your embouchure will change so much that whatever you buy now you'll need to upgrade anyway. If you really must buy something now then stick to something cheaper and mainstream like a Yamaha or Selmer student piece in definitely no more than a .080 for tenor and preferably even smaller than that and worry about "the right mouthpiece" further down the line once you've worked on your embouchure a little.
I still think Step 1 is get a teacher and Step 2 is get a new mouthpiece, but like I said if you really do need to buy something right this instant because the piece you have is unplayable or because you really, really cannot wait then just get a cheap Yamaha or Selmer student mouthpiece in a beginner size and then take a view in 6 months because at first it won't make much difference because inevitably you'll sound rough on anything in the first couple of months and by 6 months whatever you buy now you'll want something different anyway - guaranteed!JimiDS said:...how will I be able to correct my embouchure with the mpc that was just "dropped" inside the case that i was given when I boought my horn???
I believe you on that one and what i am going to do is get a suggestion/advice from my tutor and then buy sth "beginnerish" for now (sth like Selmer C*-C**, really which is better for a beginner?) and see it from the, at least, more experienced view when 2008 comes by! I think i know what i want Santa to bring this yearRick Adams said:...at first it won't make much difference because inevitably you'll sound rough on anything in the first couple of months and by 6 months whatever you buy now you'll want something different anyway - guaranteed!
Each player needs to choose the right tip opening for their own personal embouchure. Is there any way you can try both and then decide? Some shops are happy to send stuff mail order on a keep-or-return basis so long as you use a mouthpiece patch and take care of it. Otherwise the C* is the safer bet I think, but if you can hang on until you get your first lesson then your teacher can advise you and might even have a mouthpiece or two that you can borrow (that's what happened with me).JimiDS said:...Selmer C*-C**, really which is better for a beginner?