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Mostly to mark a 1/2 size between the next number. For example, Otto Link Tenor mouthpieces go in increments of 10 between numbers. 7=100 tip opening and 8=110. A 7* is 105.
 

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On the Brilhart Ebolins the * means a shorter facing than the non stars. So a 4* has a shorter facing than a 4 with the same tip opening.
 

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I was told that the * for the Brilharts meant a more open chamber by my teacher at the time. The first tenor mpc I owned was a Brilhart 5*.

But yeah in general it fills in the cap. Selmer's mouthpieces go ...C,C*,C**,D,E etc. in order of tip opening.
 

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MM said:
I was told that the * for the Brilharts meant a more open chamber by my teacher at the time. The first tenor mpc I owned was a Brilhart 5*.

But yeah in general it fills in the cap. Selmer's mouthpieces go ...C,C*,C**,D,E etc. in order of tip opening.
According to a Selmer catalogue from around 1975, the information I gave is correct. Also, if you look at a Woodwind/Brasswind catalogue mouthpiece chart, you will see that the * sizes and non * sizes are the same opening. With most other mouthpieces the * indicate a larger tip opening.
 

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As far as Selmer and Link, the star is just the next tip opening. I have heard all of the Brilhart stories but we all know that any Brilhart will need to be tried or measured. I have a tonalite 4* for tenor and it is about a 7* of the new Ebolins.
 
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