Plus: If the tenor is of the same make and "model", you just have the problem of selecting a mouthpiece. Otherwise you have two problems...Looser embouchure, more air. Also, when selecting a mouthpiece, the equivalent of a Selmer C* on alto is a Selmer D. The tenor has to be held at your side. I got used to holding the alto between my legs and had to adjust to that. Tenor is heavier than alto :^/
I do not think so. I use the same type of mouthpiece and the same type of reed on both. I might even use a softer reed on tenor.What about reeds? Is it true that because tenor reeds are longer, you should step up a half in stiffness from what you were using with the alto. For example,... doing a Meyer 5M/Rico 2.5 on an Alto means best move is to a Meyer 6M/Rico 3.0? Or is it a little more complicated than that?
Really,... I'm new to this and will be receiving my first tenor this Friday, so I'm using tonight to research and tomorrow to pick up a box of reeds. The plan is to buy a box of Rico Reserves locally and order a few different types from WWBW,... this way I'll have something to blow while waiting on UPS. My Alto is a Phil Barone Vintage and it came with one of his NY6M pieces. I use Reserves, V16 and Fibracell with it with good results,... mainly Reserves here lately. The tenor is also a Phil Barone Vintage and will come with his Vintage 7 mouthpiece. So I'm just a trying to figure out best course. I do plan to move from V16's and go with RSJ, but the real confusion is figuring out the best stiffness.I guess sticking with like stiffness is as good a place to start as any.I do not think so. I use the same type of mouthpiece and the same type of reed on both. I might even use a softer reed on tenor.
On Meyer mouthpieces: Take a look at http://www.jodyjazz.com/facings.tenorsax.html and http://www.jodyjazz.com/facings.altosax.html. They show that Meyer tenor mouthpieces are more closed than the opening numbers seem to indicate. I use a Meyer 7 on alto (a medium opening) and tried a Meyer 7 on tenor (turned out to a have a narrow opening). Therefore, a Meyer 6 on tenor is more closed than a Meyer 5 on alto. Go figure.
Why plan a reed switch before you even try them?Really,... I'm new to this and will be receiving my first tenor this Friday...
The tenor is also a Phil Barone Vintage and will come with his Vintage 7 mouthpiece. So I'm just a trying to figure out best course. I do plan to move from V16's and go with RSJ...
Meyrs are not very good on tenors. I have a TL4 that works very well on the Vintage, although I tend to use my Warburton LA or Vandoren V16 T75. The Vandoren V16 HR is also a nice mouthpiece. I have one that I hated on my Yamaha, but it sounds very good on the vintage.I've been able to make my Meyer 5M work for me at school on the Alto, so I may try the same thing with the tenor,... another Meyer as opposed to a TL3 or 4. But right now, I'm just trying to get a read on this whole reed thing before the horn gets here Friday. Thanks for your reply.