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Rubber Meyer vs. Metal Meyer

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I did a wee search but surprisingly didn't come up with much at all for the metal meyer, and from reading what I came up with it seemed the metal meyer is a very unpopular piece. Why exactly is this?
My main piece is a Rubber Meyer 6M, but sometimes I get frustrated with the stuffyness and lack of projection, and wish it was a bit more lively sounding. I've tried many other mouthpieces, (Vandoren Java, Runyon XL, Claude Lakey, Brillhart, Berg Larsen, Selmer C*, Yamaha 4C) but always come back to the meyer because I love the feel of it.
How would the sound of a metal meyer differ from a rubber one? Would it still have the same meyerish sound, but with the added projection and natural brightness of a metal mouthpiece? Or would it just be playing the same mouthpiece in a new coat?
Also, since I love the feel of my meyer, would meyerish mouthpieces such as a Morgan Jazz or a JodyJazz HR* also be good mouthpieces to consider?
Also, since I already love the meyer, to get rid of stuffyness and projection problems, could I try moving up to a 7 and maybe getting a small chamber? Or would the small chamber destroy the round, lush meyer sound?
Sorry, so many questions. But please take me seriously, and if any of my questions have already been answered in other forums that I have not been able to find, I would appreciate getting the web links for them.
Unfortunately I don't live anywhere near a music store where I could go and try a metal meyer out, so any comments/suggestions would be greaty welcome.
Thanks in advance
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I enjoy the flexibility and the comfort of Meyer mouthpieces, and played them exclusively when I was in the military and for many years to follow. They are very flexible when matched correctly to the horn, and they can be very comfortable in long gigs.

I would go to a shop that has multiple facings and chambers and try the one that works best with your horn.

I have had success with Eugene Rousseau mouthpieces on alto, for their mouthpiece blank is very similar to the Meyer. I use the JDX model for rock work (baffle) on Alto and do not have to use a different brand of reed. Very clear, centered tone, with nice projection.

I had problems with stuffiness when matching a Meyer mouthpiece to my Antigua tenor. I recently purchased a Kessler Custom oL7Pro +2 and am very pleased. It is easily controlled and has a very consistant sound throughout the register. It feels like the Meyer tenor mouthpiece as far as beak is concerned, but the sound is very meaty and flexible.
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