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I will be calling Ron soon to order a high baffle RPC. While I wait for the paycheck to roll in I wanted to get feedback from anyone that has compared the various tip openings from Ron. I currently play a Mojo-modified Guardala Studio that has a tip opening of .117. I have heard that Ron's larger tip openings are still pretty easy to play. Since I typically do 4 hour casino gigs I need something that is not going to kill me by the end of the night.

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For me, they get better the more open they are; especially the high baffled tenor pieces. I was playing around a .115" opening on other brands when I got my first RPC in trade. It was an older 125 high baffled that actually measures .134" and it has been my favorite mouthpiece for at least eight years now.
 

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I find that the more open the tip, the darker the piece. (I have a 115B 120B 135R and 145B). The 115B is really bright and edgy.
 

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I find that the more open the tip, the darker the piece. (I have a 115B 120B 135R and 145B). The 115B is really bright and edgy.
That could be due to the relation between the baffle and the tip, not just the tip size by itself.
 

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Great input guys. I am looking for a nice centered sound but still with some flexibility and depth.
 

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Ron's and my facing curves are fairly similar. Long and usually low resistance/free-blowing. So if a Mojo .117" is comforable to you now, a 115-120 RPC should feel good. RPC tip openings can vary a little from what is marked, so a large 115 or a small 120 might measure .117".
 

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I have a 115B that is actually on the "dark" dide. This is my opinion and that of other players I've worked with. I would never call it Bright and Edgy. It has alot of what might be termed depth and spread (somewhat at the expense of focus). After my first tryout I sent it back to Ron for tweaking as I thought it too harsh. I'm not sure but I think he lengthened the facing curve. I wonder if it should be considered a 115B, Modified, or, it could be the natural variation among pieces of the same design.
 

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I can't speak to the 125B or bigger, but I did have an older 120B and much prefer the 115B--I have two blue letter 115B's, the main one of those has been my go to piece for exactly the kind of gig you describe for the last 8 or 9 years. I found the 120 a bit too open and dark for my needs, the 115B really fits like a glove for me. I don't find the 115 particularly bright either, I find through a PA it has great presence but is a well rounded sound. I would find the 120 too dark for that kind of playing environment. (Added bonus, the 115B plays great on either my Selmer or my Buescher Aristocrat).
 

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I've had two older-model .120B mouthpieces and one recent .115B. The .115B was a little brighter and more focused. One of the .120B pieces had a very short baffle, was a bit darker, more of an all-around jazz piece. The one I kept is a bit brighter, but not overly so, spread, and loud. It doesn't mic as well for some reason, maybe because of the spread. I sold the .115 to another local player (Bill Bua, maybe you know him) and he gets a more centered tone on it than I did... and that's with a #2 synthetic Hahn reed (I was using an RJS 3S on it). For what you are talking about, I'd suggest the .115B might be just the ticket.
 

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I don't know --- I tried 5 or 6 115B's, and prefer this 120B. It has a "rounder" core tone than any of the 115's - but one of them was real close.
 

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Another thing to keep in mind is that Ron tends to think of each opening as a different tonal concept somewhat--I think its probably true his 120B is designed to be a darker piece.
 

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That could be due to the relation between the baffle and the tip, not just the tip size by itself.
It seems to be true that there is a balance between baffle & tip size. As a general rule, increasing the tip size or decreasing the baffle height will tend to make the mpc play darker. I have a 115B and two 120Bs. I prefer the 120 because it seems to give a bigger sound with more depth, but they are all great mpcs. One of the 120B mpcs has a lower, more rounded baffle and it plays darker than the other 120 with a higher baffle. Ron can offer you different sized baffles as well as different tip size, so tell him what you're after. He's pretty good at getting close to what you ask for.
 
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