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Selmer soloist D mouthpiece

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Haven't played sax in 19 years (since graduating college). I have a 1954 Buescher Aristocrat which is in pretty shabby shape. I also played with a Selmer Soloist D mouthpiece. I never really cared how good a horn I had; I just knew that I always had a better tone than the player next to me for some reason. Now, my 11 yr. old son has started to play and I am interested in quality al the sudden. Can anyone tell me how good a mouthpiece I have? Also, what is the difference between the F, C and D models of the Soloist? Thanks!!!
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If there are no chips in the rails it's a great piece and much sought after. No need to change it at all. The D is a good middle of the road tip opening ( 76) that I would use myself. C is a little close and F on the open side. C*, D and E are the most popular.
The D could be a little open for an 11 year but I wouldn't lose it. Best to get the horn in good playing condition.
Open just means that the tip opening for an outright beginner of 11 might be a little hard to play but not necessarily. Beginning players are traditionally often started on the Selmer C* which is a slightly smaller tip opening than the D but it's not a given. Also your Soloist is more than likely better quality than the Selmer pieces available now. Best thing is let him play the D with a 2 or 21/2 reed and see how it goes. Unless the horn is well set up it will be hard to evaluate the piece.
The original Selmer soloist comes in a long shank and short shank version and were supplied with the Mark V1 and are a high quality piece which command a good price used. The older short shank is more desirable but they are both good . Have a look on Theo Wanne's Saxophone Mouthpiece Heaven to identify the piece you have,
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