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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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Be aware that there is little relationship from the rubbber Meyer to the metal Meyer. The metal seems to be a marketing afterthought. I think they are restamped Guy Hawkins or something of that ilk.

So how do you find a Meyer-like mouthpiece with less stuffiness? The very best way is to find a mentor and check out his stuff. At least befriend an older player who can advise you. These guys usually have lots of mps in a drawer and will sell you one that they are not using.

Also, don't expect metal to brighter. A metal Link is actually darker than your Meyer! A Morgan may a good choice. See if you can get one on trial. The Jody Jazz will most likely be darker than you like.

You may wish to consider a bigger mouthpiece and softer reed to get more projection. Go for core not edge. For a great el cheapo setup, try a Rico Royal B7 mouthpiece with a Rico 2 reed. These mouthpieces are quote OK for under $20. Really! I have an A7 which I like. Plays great with very soft reeds.
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