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Re: Resochamber Chamber reborn.

I really appreciate all the comments. The Intrepid is really a piece I enjoy. It takes a lot of work to produce but it's worth it. It helps me push my craft. That in itself helps all the other pieces improve too. It's been well over a decade making pieces but there is always more to learn and skills to hone. There are also many ways to shape sound from a mouthpiece.
 

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Re: Resochamber Chamber reborn.

Any particular reason why you decided to go down in tip size from the 7* sample you posted (in which you sounded great), and presuming this is a smaller tip than the 7 star.

I have a .098 tip coming soon ...... can't wait to try it!
 

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Re: Resochamber Chamber reborn.

Just found this clip hiding on my desktop of Phil's Intrepid in a 7*and thought I would post it. I believe this was a prototype, but I remember it being a pretty happening piece! I'm listinging back now and thinking I need one of these!!! Setup in the clip is the Intrepid 7* with a Jazz Select 3M and my Conn 10M.


http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13573628
Fantastic sound and playing!


I have a .098 tip coming soon ...... can't wait to try it!
Like Leon I am curious about what made you decide to go a step down in tip opening. Your clip with the 7* sounds really great.
 

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Re: Resochamber Chamber reborn.

Any particular reason why you decided to go down in tip size from the 7* sample you posted (in which you sounded great), and presuming this is a smaller tip than the 7 star.
I felt like the smaller tip might give me a little more focus and directness to the sound, which is a nice balance for my 10m that is pretty warm and spread. I've played a few pieces in a .098 tip that I really liked but ended up feeling like the chamber needed to be bigger. Figured I would take a shot with the Intrepid since it has such a big chamber.

Got the piece in the mail yesterday and love it..... will post a clip so you can hear if the difference in sound is noticeable, either good or bad.
 

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Beautiful playing Dave.

When (if) I grow up I wanna be you!
Thanks ..... still figuring out what I wanna be when I grow up. :)

Btw- the setup on that clip was a 1936 Conn 10M, Jazz Select 3 Hard Filed reed, and a solid silver Ishimori ligature. I played a rock gig on this setup last night and it was smoking! This setup sounds huge through a sound system .... tons of core and not overly bright but still with some nice cut and pop to the sound. Great altissimo too .... easier and more locked in than with the larger tip I tried before. Reed felt a little soft the more I got the airstream thing figured out, so will play around with slightly harder reeds as well.
 

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David also played the original prototype.

The Prototype went though many process and steps the Intrepid does not. It not surprising that it was a little more tempermental than the final version.

It takes some time to dial in exactly what needs to happen to a piece in order get optimum results.
 

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I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to your recording of the Novella Jazz Alto. I know there are a number of players wanting to hear that piece.

Steve Neff should have an Intrepid and a Novella to review.
 

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Does anyone other than dctwells happen to have some clips lying around he or she could upload? I'm very interested in the piece after having heard all the available clips so far but I'd love to hear some other artists on it as well. :)
 

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Does anyone other than dctwells happen to have some clips lying around he or she could upload? I'm very interested in the piece after having heard all the available clips so far but I'd love to hear some other artists on it as well. :)
Yeah, I hear you. David Wells sounds good on everything he plays. I don't have any clips yet, but I do have an Intrepid that Phil made for me. It measures 100 and the sound is huge. Pretty much as described by Dr. G and David. Lots of core, just the right amount of resistance, fast response.
 

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Steve Neff will be reviewing the piece but I don't know his time table. I'm still waiting on bob Franceschini. He recorded with victor wooten but the mix is still in the studio. Maybe someone out there has. Clip in the meantime.
 

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I really like the resistance on this piece ..... I feel like it blows freely and is very responsive top to bottom, but initially I felt like I needed to "push" the air a bit more forcefully than on some other pieces I've played. I like that feeling and have even gone up in reed strength to get more of it. IMO the reward is a sound that is incredibly huge and complex, but not really spread and definitely not tubby or dead sounding.

Here's a clip I did today at home for the Tune of The Month .... this is a .098 with a Jazz Select 4M Filed reed. Still feels comfortable and easy to control even with a really hard reed.

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13589452
 

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I've had my Intrepid for a couple of weeks now and it is fantastic! The first thing that struck me was that it was extremely easy to play/articulate, but I wasn't able to draw out it's true potential at first. I hadn't been able to play my tenor for a couple weeks prior to receiving the piece, and kind of felt pigeon holed to a fuzzy, spread and subdued sound. Doubt started to creep in.... should I have ordered the Sapphire?? Sure enough, each day it seemed I was able get twice as much out of the Intrepid. I took it to a big band rehearsal last night and got loads of complements.
 

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Phil,

My Intrepid just keeps getting better! I don’t know what it was, but last night as I was playing a tenor feature with my big band, I discovered a whole ‘nother layer in it. The arrangement of “Our Love is Here to Stay” by Sammy Nestico is a beautiful piece that explores the dynamic range of the soloist as well as the band, and your Intrepid really excelled. What was especially interesting in my experience last night was getting the grit at low volumes and staying super clean and pure in the palm keys at high volume - the antithesis of the usual response that I’ve found in other pieces. Anyhow, this drew me to new place in my solo, and I really dug it. Others heard it too, because I drew the most positive comments during the break and after the gig from band mates and audience alike. “Nailed it” - this from a trombone player that I’ve worked with for 20 years. It really touched me.

Thanks for being a part of a beautiful evening.





P.S. for the gear heads: Borgani Jubilee silver pearl OBT, Phil-Tone Intrepid 7*, Rigotti 3M, Francois Louis Ultimate lig, and Just Joe’s Gel strap providing non-slip comfort.
 

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Here’s a review from Alex Munte (https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...d-is-AMAZING!!&p=3752298&posted=1#post3752298)

You guys, I just got the Phil-Tone Intrepid for tenor and it's very definitely the most AMAZING piece I have ever played! Phil is a genius!

I want to briefly share my thoughts on this piece. I never did this kind of review up until now - I feel it really deserves to be shared, because this Intrepid is just incredible! For me it blew all the pieces away in every aspect. Not to take anything from anyone, but in my opinion this is something else.

It's very thick, free blowing with an extremely colorful voice - responding very efficiently to any embouchure/air/throat change, dark but with a bit of sizzle and projection without ever becoming harsh! I went from a websterish/youngish subtone ballad kind of thing to free screaming multiphonics a la Ayler/ D.S. Ware and this piece just follows along. It's got very consistent frequencies throughout the range which I believe allows for a natural/vocal quality of the sound.


I want to take a moment to recommend Phil Tone's work and the Phil Tone Intrepid in particular. Not to mention he responds very! fast to any inquiry and I felt he really followed my wishes when crafting the piece. He really listens! Phew, I'm excited! Tomorrow I'll have a recording session and I can't wait to play it, perhaps I'll post an excerpt here.

Anyway...Thank you very much Phil, I would like to shake your hand, Sir.


I'm really curious...who else tried this piece or plays one today?

Take care everybody!
 
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