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Dr. Wally reviews the Windy City Woodwinds 3D printed alto mouthpiece. A great value at $80.
lesacks - Thanks for the info.As the official YouTube poster, I'm surprised you haven't posted Jay's reporting on how TV musicians are being ripped off. I'd'v thought that would be interesting to some here
Yeah, witness the impact of fast food on restaurants. Why would anyone pay for a real meal when you can get a huge bun filled with mystery meat and sauce?The best thing about these 3D printed pieces is that it will drive down the price of the high priced boutique makers.
I'd'v thought, just now, it'll impact most on the Vandoren / Rico / Yamaha etc. midrange lines, a bit. And they're big enough to cope. To hit the boutique, hand adjusted market I suppose you'd need an AI powered tester machine...The best thing about these 3D printed pieces is that it will drive down the price of the high priced boutique makers.
I do not think that will happen.The best thing about these 3D printed pieces is that it will drive down the price of the high priced boutique makers.
My hope is that it brings down the price of other FDM printed mouthpieces (plastic glops - not the laster etched like Getasax). It's really about $2-$3 worth of filament. There's a certain popular brand of 3D mouthpiece that seems to have a great deal of affiliate sales markup. I hate kids paying $200 for a lil' chunk of unfinished filament, thinking they're going to sound like their instagram heroes.The best thing about these 3D printed pieces is that it will drive down the price of the high priced boutique makers.
I've listened to players with the D'Addario alto mouthpiece, and there was always something missing in the tone. The 10mfan Alto Madness sounds fantastic.I watched this video yesterday (after reading this thread) and I have to say, while I enjoy Dr. Wallace's videos a great deal, that is did not sound to me like a good thing to throw at students. I would rather (if it were my student in question) have them buy a D'Addario Select Jazz and give them a free lesson, assuming that money was an issue (as it often is with students).
There was a noticeable difference in tone quality between the Meyer and the Windy City Blue... especially in the 2nd register. Ease of playing is always a good thing, but tone quality is just as important. I like my D'Addario 6M on alto quite a bit (not as good as my 10M Fan Alto Madness, but around 1/3 the price...). After hearing that video, and listening to Wally's other videos over the last year or so, I'd pass on the blue bomber.