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.