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Very good review Steve. I'm using them as a backup of my backup. Pricewise they are unbeatable.
I even like the sound they produce, though producing the sound is somewhat odd. I also have the feeling that some notes flow easier than others.
I do use a Metalite M7 on baritone as my main piece. Huge sound.
 

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Very good review Steve. I'm using them as a backup of my backup. Pricewise they are unbeatable.
I even like the sound they produce, though producing the sound is somewhat odd. I also have the feeling that some notes flow easier than others.
I do use a Metalite M7 on baritone as my main piece. Huge sound.
Thanks! Yeah, I have heard from a bunch of people that use these on bari. I didn't realize they were so popular on that horn. I guess they are cheap and do the job and there are not as many choices on bari.........
 

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Look closely at Doc Coopas mouthpiece:
 

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I keep an M7 in my gig bag for when I forget to pack my regular mouthpiece for a gig (which happens more often that I would like :)) It does the job in a pinch. And btw, Steve, you make every mouthpiece you review sound great - even the $30 ones.
 

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Great review, thanks! I sometimes play an M7 tenor with Rigotti Gold 2.5 mediums, and it's ... okay. A totally worthy backup. But I was surprised to find that the M7 alto really shines with a Fibracell on my more focused horns. Maybe you should review the Metalite alto next!

Brilhart must be the Eames of mouthpiece design. I guess it makes sense that he designed both the Tonalin and the Metalite, which both used "revolutionary materials" for their time. Vintage Tonalins are pricey today, but I wonder if they too were originally designed as an inexpensive alternative to HR or metal?
 

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I keep a tenor M9 in my car's glovebox for emergencies. I also have a baritone M9 that I bought when I first got my BSX and didn't have a mouthpiece. It took a few months before I found BSX mouthpieces that I liked significantly better and they cost 10-15X more. I would say these are gateway mouthpieces to be used by kids in HS or for people who are casual players and don't want to spend a lot of cash on a mpc. I pull them out on occasion and give them a workout in case I ever have to use them. I like the BSX model more than the TSX. A lot of value here....
 
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