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I want some opinions on this matter..

I'm looking for a bright and edgy sounding tenor sax mouthpiece for those louder playing situations (funk & rock gigs). I've been checking some metal Bergs on some netstores... but I just remembered that I already have a r&r mouthpiece in my drawer: a vintage metal Brilhart Levelaire. It measures "0.90(too closed for me) and probably needs some work.. I really like the responsiveness of this mouthpiece and it's quite easy to play. But the question is that what I've been checking refacing a stainless steel mpc is quite expensive and opening the tip opening requires a lot of work ("0.100-"0.105 would be an ideal opening for me). So would it be easier and cheaper to look for other mpcs or send this one to a refacer?

Ps. I remember reading that some people think that the facing lenght is too short on Levelaires (mine is marked with * = short facing). What benefits would a longer facing on this mpc have?

Thanks!

-TH
 

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Disclaimer: I'm a part-time mouthpiece refacer. I'm very fond of metal Level-Aires. Their basic design and construction are excellent, but the factory-applied facings are uniformly awful (too short and too curved at the tip). I have refaced many stainless Level-Aires and play them myself on alto, tenor, and bari. With the right facing they can be very flexible mouthpieces with (believe it or not) a warm sound.

So I guess you could say I disagree strongly with calisax?
 

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Wanted to share that the Levelaires are really wonderful when given a bit longer curve. Most older Brilharts have pretty short curves to them in comparison to, say, a good Link. I'm sure David can set you up, Tuomas!
 

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just wanted to let other members know that Dave's work
is excellent .He has refaced several metal mouthpieces
for me all with great results
 

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EZ said:
Wanted to share that the Levelaires are really wonderful when given a bit longer curve. Most older Brilharts have pretty short curves to them in comparison to, say, a good Link. I'm sure David can set you up, Tuomas!
Ed,
I have a bari Levelaire that needs a new bite plate and has never blown very reed friendly, but I love the sound and projection. Any chance that you could make this one cool. email me about it...
 

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David Level Air

Since were on this topic, I've got a vintage (1969) tenor level air that David refaced for me a couple of years ago. Its a great piece, but I primarily play alto and really don't have a lot of use for it these days. When I do play tenor its typically at church with something a lot calmer! It was originally a "6", but I don't think that is still the case.

If anybody is interested, let me know. coufplayer at mousehut dot com
 

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Take if from someone who played these pieces for over twenty years...
Put it on Ebay or use it as a doorstop. Why pay someone to take a chance that you might like it, when you can simply spend the same money on a piece you like right off the bat. These are truly awful mouthpieces. If they can be made to play well, then they're no longer what they were... and that's a crap shot anyway. Don't waste your money. And it will be a waste. Trust me. The one true thing I am most happy about in finding these online resources was the opportunity to hear about, and then sample, some of the great mouthpieces out there. And these aren't them. After a year of sampling new mouthpieces, I put the Levelaires back on for the heck of it. They were basically unplayable for me; and I'd been playing them for over twenty years beforehand! Awful. Terrible. Open or closed. Stink, stank, stunk...
 

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Well we definitely know where his handle comes from. :D Peolple do seem to either love or hate these things - I tried one on alto and couldn't stand it. But I do think they can work quite well on tenor and bari. JMHO
 

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I have a vintage Brilhart Level Air 9* with orginal box, ligature and cap for sale. PM me if you want it.
 

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I liked my levelaires. They matched up to my old conn stencil real nice. #7 as I recall. They had a nice sound and were not as bright as their looks would imply. darker than the meyer that they replaced.
 
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