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Those are significant increases. I'm surprised they raised prices that much in one jump.
 

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Strangely, those prices now seem a lot more on par with what other mouthpiece makers are charging for their RPCs, Lambersons, and the like. Even now, a Morgan is still one of the best deals out there.

But who is making them? Is it the mouthpiece guys? And are they really the same?
 

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Yeah....that's what I'm wondering...who is making them? I couldn't even get one when Mr. Morgan was alive. I kept going back to JunkDudes site and checking for a tenor 7L but was always told they weren't available. Now he's moved on and there're suddenly available...hmmm?
Maybe I've missed some posts that discuss this.
 

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zxcvbnm said:
Holy s***, I was just considering buying a 6l. I wonder why they raised the prices?
Ralph Morgan passed away in August, so he isn't making them anymore. As far as I know, Brian and Erik were supposed to keep the business going. If that's true, I know the pieces will stay the exact same. Brian and Erik were with Ralph for many years and know how his pieces are done.
 

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Lairmon said:
Yeah....that's what I'm wondering...who is making them? I couldn't even get one when Mr. Morgan was alive. I kept going back to JunkDudes site and checking for a tenor 7L but was always told they weren't available. Now he's moved on and there're suddenly available...hmmm?
Maybe I've missed some posts that discuss this.
If you try adding them to your cart, you still get a popup saying they are not available.

As to the price increase, there could be a couple of factors at work. Assuming Erik and Brian are taking over the company, they have one less worker in the mix so their capacity presumably went down by a third. Then factor in that they've got their refacing business and Mouthpiece Cafe line going, and they clearly aren't going to be producing Morgans as fast as they were produced in the past. So, why not raise prices? There seems to be general agreement that they were priced way below market rate before.

In one way it's a shame but in another way maybe it will open up a price point where the Phil-tones and other mouthpieces made from a standard blank have a better shot in the marketplace.
 

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I've been playing a Morgan Vintage on soprano and have been interested in a tenor mouthpiece. The time was right after selling two mouthpieces here on SOTW. Would the opportunities to purchase a Morgan be decreasing? Posted a WTB thread here but no bites. A used 9L appeared on ebay and my bid fell short as it went for $276! So I purchased a new 8EL from junkdude which arrived in just a few days since that size was in stock.

Dave stated the mouthpiece guys Brian Powell and Erik Greiffenhagen are indeed continuing the line as well as a third of Mr. Morgan's apprentices, can't recall his name. All worked with Mr. Morgan many years, some including design work, and from Dave's statements the design, materials, and workmanship are unchanged. Isn't it a great legacy to see such capable people continuing the work?

On to the mouthpiece:
Very glad I went ahead and paid the new price to receive a particular model and size. Dave stated the Morgan tip openings play a little larger compared to other manufacturers and I was ready to try a notch lower anyway. The 8EL tip is .100". The Morgan appears very well made, it plays very evenly, with a higher degree of control and confidence than I've ever experienced playing across the entire range. Low notes are full and pleasing in a new way probably due to the large chamber. In particular the Morgan has a very broad dynamic range. Very easy to whisper a subtone and yet it has a unique quality of rev'ing up when pushed. You can feel and hear an extraordinary, smooth change in reed vibration, say three-fifths of the way on a long-tone crescendo. Surprising how hard it can be pushed and how it continues to respond with more volume. The smooth soft end disguises what it can do and that translates into a lot of fun.
 
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