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i think things are spiraling out of control with some mouthpiece prices. 2400.00 for a Guardala? It seems to me you would be WAY better off buying, for example, a lazer trimmed Guardala model for 200 and sendign to to MOJO for fine tuning. Phil Barone just said it cost him $50.00 to machine a blank. I bought a lost wax Guardala copy from Bob Ackerman about 3 years ago and like it much better than any Guardala I've ever played. But anyway 50 plus another 250-300 for hand finishing and plating and that sounds like a ballpark number to me. 350-400 for a really fine piece. Am I off the mark here Phil? Thanks!
 

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LateNiteSax said:
i think things are spiraling out of control with some mouthpiece prices. 2400.00 for a Guardala? It seems to me you would be WAY better off buying, for example, a lazer trimmed Guardala model for 200 and sendign to to MOJO for fine tuning. Phil Barone just said it cost him $50.00 to machine a blank. I bought a lost wax Guardala copy from Bob Ackerman about 3 years ago and like it much better than any Guardala I've ever played. But anyway 50 plus another 250-300 for hand finishing and plating and that sounds like a ballpark number to me. 350-400 for a really fine piece. Am I off the mark here Phil? Thanks!
As you said there are factory mouthpieces, hand-finished moutphieces and handmade ones. All of them play if properly made. Usually a completely hadmade mouthpice requires weeks of work (sometime months) and the price is consequently high. The good thing is that it can be made accordingly to your specifications and needs. That's the reason why so many professional players use custom made mouthpieces.

All the best,

Stan
 

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I think its a good thing

Supply and demand. If no one was purchasing a piece for 1000.00 eventually the price will decrease until it sells.

Good for anyone who can get major jack for a hand finished piece. Their time and their skill is worth something.


There are enough opportunity driven people out there that eventually some one will produce a quality piece for the different price points.

HUTMO
 
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