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Hello everyone,
I recently picked up what I believe to be two alto pieces from the 90’s-00’s at a yard sale, a Runyon Custom 6 and what I think is a Brillhart from Selmer by Runyon. Confirmation on those I.D’s would be appreciated, as well as they’re value/ sound tendencies/ history. I haven’t been able to try them yet but I got them for pennies on the dollar so if they’re trash it’s no loss.

P.S, this is my first encounter with Runyon, are they still around? Scouring this board I feel a bit like Indiana Jones digging through crypts, and there are some mixed messages to say the least.
Thanks everyone!
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great scores! the custom is a middle of the road mpc and can cover a wide range of playing styles. very comfortable to play. hard to get a lig to fit. i suggest a rovner in clarinet size. the metal one is a very bright powerfull easy to play mpc. more for rock but can be tammed for lush ballads if you back off and subtone -ala stan getz. a soprano sax lig should provide closest fit. sadly runyon was closed and everything sold off last fall. shame as i really loved their products and used a lot of them . esp the mpcs. both of these mpcs you have were aval with an insert wedge to add edge and volume. i believe you can still get these from jody jazz owner jody espenoza. also steve goodson in new Orleans has them.
 

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selmer bought the rights to the brillhart name and sold this mpc for 10 or 20 years i think. runyon desighned and made it and many other mpcs for selmer usa
 

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great scores! the custom is a middle of the road mpc and can cover a wide range of playing styles. very comfortable to play. hard to get a lig to fit. i suggest a rovner in clarinet size. the metal one is a very bright powerfull easy to play mpc. more for rock but can be tammed for lush ballads if you back off and subtone -ala stan getz. a soprano sax lig should provide closest fit. sadly runyon was closed and everything sold off last fall. shame as i really loved their products and used a lot of them . esp the mpcs. both of these mpcs you have were aval with an insert wedge to add edge and volume. i believe you can still get these from jody jazz owner jody espenoza. also steve goodson in new Orleans has them.
I was wondering where I could get a spoiler for a tenor Custom that I got a year ago, thanks S20 Dan!
 

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great scores! the custom is a middle of the road mpc and can cover a wide range of playing styles. very comfortable to play. hard to get a lig to fit. i suggest a rovner in clarinet size. the metal one is a very bright powerfull easy to play mpc. more for rock but can be tammed for lush ballads if you back off and subtone -ala stan getz. a soprano sax lig should provide closest fit. sadly runyon was closed and everything sold off last fall. shame as i really loved their products and used a lot of them . esp the mpcs. both of these mpcs you have were aval with an insert wedge to add edge and volume. i believe you can still get these from jody jazz owner jody espenoza. also steve goodson in new Orleans has them.
Thank you for the insight SuperDan. These actually both came with ligatures, I just forgot to include a pic of them, whoops.. I think the Custom has the OG Runyon lig, but the Brillhart has a soprano lig that doesn't fit very well, so I'll have to be on the lookout for one there. This is exactly the sort of reply I was looking for and very much appreciate it.
 
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