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I finally took the plunge and purchased one of Phil's mouthpieces and I am so glad that I did. I didn't realize that I was working so hard to get the horn to do what I wanted. My MK VII responds better throughout the whole range. I was playing a Meyer 5M with Jazz Select 3S reeds. I purchased Phils standard tenor mouthpiece size 7. I had to go down to a 2H reed the first time I played it but I was OK with the 3S after that. I still sound like me, it is just easier. I feel that since I am not working as hard with the mouthpiece it is easier to work on other things that need improvement. Thanks again Phil.

P.S. I haven't tried it on my other tenors yet, I was having so much fun playing it on the MK VII I just didn't take the time. Tonight I will try it on the SDA and 10M.

Jon
 

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Phil is Phil. He's going to tell you exactly what he thinks and not hold back. You're new here, but I'd encourage you to read some of his posts...I can see how his personality might rub you the wrong way, but you'll always know where he stands.
 

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Tim, I am guessing... you're not from New York.
 

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saxphil said:
Tim, I am guessing... you're not from New York.
Heh. I'm glad you said it...because that's exactly what I was thinking.
 

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edit: you know what. Anybody who had already read my comments has gotten the picture. I'm just not in the mood for discord today. Previous comments have been self-deleted.

Here's what's important: Noj, glad the mpc is working out for you. Several folks have reported good things about them and I'm sure you're going to enjoy playing it.
 

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Experiences vary. My only dealings with Mr Barone have been in buying an ebay tenor neck a few years ago - he was very helpful and sent nice emails etc. and here, where he has responded to my comments very politely and helpfully. I get the impression that Phil can be quite an abrasive character, in that "I give as good as I get" kind of way. But he obviously has a pretty extensive experience in relation to the saxophone and saxophone mouthpieces. And then if someone he perceives as being hugely less experienced says "Yeah, right, but I read that.." or something, or even if someone just disagrees with him, I think he tends to get irritated. That's my perception of Phil Barone, for what it's worth (perhaps not a lot ;) ).
 

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My initial impression of Phil was that he could be an abrasive and opinionated New Yorker. What he says should often be taken with a grain of salt. I recently exchanged quite a few emails with him and bought a few mouthpieces. He was reasonable even during a few problems with the mail, and I've come to think of him as "my Uncle Phil in the mouthpiece business". I do agree though that being rude is bad for business, and that he might want to work on that.......
 

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see above edit for comment.
 

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Gary, what did you do, run the post odometer to its limit? Now you have to start over? You are indeed the poster boy for posting!
 

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For Gary or Phil? I am qualified to make such a diagnosis, but since there's no money involved (darn insurance companies) what would be the point:D ? I miss Gary's old running post total, as I miss the McDonald's "over 50 billion burgers sold" signs!
 

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All of my experiences with Phil have been nothing but positive. I did ask many questions via email and felt I was delt with honestly and fairly. It was an excellent experience.

I played my 10M and SDA with the mouthpiece last night and found that all my horns playability has been improved using my new Barone mouthpiece. It seems to me to be a very good product and I was able to purchase it for an extremely fair price. Thanks again to Phil Barone.

Maybe one of his necks will be the next step? We will see.
 

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Joe Jazz said:
For Gary or Phil? I am qualified to make such a diagnosis, but since there's no money involved (darn insurance companies) what would be the point:D ? I miss Gary's old running post total, as I miss the McDonald's "over 50 billion burgers sold" signs!
Why bipolar? The DSM-IV has plenty of cool Axis I diagnoses like 'conduct disorder' and 'intermittent explosive disorder.;)
 

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I emailed him - and he me - several times. He might have felt I wasted his time but he was nothing less than courteous.
 

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Phil Barone mouthpieces, you know where to stick them!:D
 

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RandyJ said:
Phil Barone mouthpieces..."I spit on them"
What mouthpiece DON'T we spit on?
 
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