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Road to the new sound

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Well here we go, I had my Mark VI tenor ('68 silverplate) overhauled and my Guardala super king mpc refaced, then everything changed, my sound was gone. I played this horn almost daily since I bought it in ' LT DG had been with me over 15 yrs and needed work badly.

So after the complete overhaul my VI was a new and different horn, and I needed new mpcs..
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I hear what you're saying about the overhaul. I have my fingers crossed over mine which should be done by the end of the month. I would not have done the overhaul but it needed a lot of key-tightening. In the meanwhile I'm enjoying my back-up Selmer USA but I do miss the VI. At least I backed off of sending it to a guy who was going to take it all apart and re-shape the upper body tube 'because all of them in this series are pinched up top'. I don't care if they are - I like it as it is.
I'm sure you'll get your sound back but honestly, I don't know how you can cope with the sax being different plus several new mouthpieces at the same time - not something I'd try, but hopefully it'll work for you. To me, the mouthpiece is the 'constant' around which can revolve various horns. I have found that after an overhaul or with a different sax, it takes about a month of heavy playing before you 'auto-adjust' to the differences and return to your sound and/or adapt to the differences.
I ain't sayin'. When you give somebody a call concerning an overhaul its up to you to judge the sanity/feasibility of what they are saying. Maybe to someone else what he said would be okay but it was not okay with me. Everyone has to judge for himself. The guy I gave the job to I interviewed in person at the shop where he works and we got along great. He's semi-local (driving distance) and has a good rep on the high-end horns.
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