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Allo guys,I might have the chance to change my neck,on my tenor Serie III I have the stock neck with the III engraved in front,the tenor is a 1999 model!
Is there a huge difference between those two necks,I hear good things about the brass neck that it does warm up the tone and opens it up too!
I am pleased with my stock neck,but will try the brass one If I do get the chance to buy it!But I would like opinions of those who tried or switched the original neck to the brass one on the Serie III tenor !
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Im confused...isnt the stock neck a brass one:?

If your talking about the gold brass it will be different. It is also avaliable in sterling. If your speaking about the brass one with the supposed tone boosing rings Ive been told its a gimick that makes no significant difference but I cant say myself. I wouldnt shell out the money for a different neck unless I just wasnt happy with results. Its easy to become a gearhead:D
 

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Gold Brass Neck VS Stock Serie III Neck Again

Sigmund,thanks about the reply,and sorry about the confusion,,i am talking Gold Brass neck,cause they do sell about 375.00 US.
So do you have experience with both necks?
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Almost any different neck would make a difference, but sometimes very slight or even insignificant. I've compared two silver plated necks on the same tenor (i.e. just switched necks on two silver plated SIII tenors) and there was a difference. If there is a problem with your regular tenor neck then just try as many necks as you can.
 

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The gold brass or so called copper neck for the III is slightly less bright, and has a bigger more resonate sound than the stock neck. Seems capable of more volume and the resistance is more comfortable.

There's considerable difference between the two and as I've stated in a previous thread, I think the gold brass should come as the standard neck on a III.
 

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Thanks guys,so it seems very interesting,and I think that it would be a very positive option to have on my tenor,since I love that tenor,so If it does improve the sound and darkens the sound ,that is what I would like it to accomplish!Very interesting ,thanks everyone for your time!
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Clarnibass,there is really a problem with my stock neck,but I know and had experience with different necks in the past when I had my 875 and do know that they can me quiet significant difference between necks!
If the brass neck on my III will make that baby sounds even richer darker and better,then I will be looking for one in time!But my stock neck is find as far I know!
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Consider also the Ref 36 and 54 necks if you are in the mood to try for different sounds on your III. They are all interchangable - even though the Ref necks will require some alteration of the octave mechanism across the tenon.
 

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The ref necks would be an option that I would definitely try.

I don't think you're going to get a drastic darkening with a copper neck, but a ref 36 or 54 might do that. Of course I don't think the 36 or 54 is offered in gold brass. IMO like the poster above selmer should have made all their necks with gold brass as it does make a slight difference.....I think it removes some of the shrillness on the high notes.

What mpc are you using with your III?
 

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Allo Heath,I am using a Ponzol IIVI 110 that I love! Also now a new Morgan Excalibur EL 8,but I think that I will depart of it(trade or sale),just got it yesterday,just not my thing I guess,,,my Ponzol IIVI is it for me!
Thanks for the interest!
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I could have told you that a EL would be overbright on the III - been there, done that. It was on the III that I started my personal quest to darkness - even the Barone Jazz is not all that dark on this horn.

The Ref 36 neck will darken it considerably as well as broaden the perceived "focus" of the III. No, they are not of "gold brass" nor do they need to be. The geometry is quite different from the III.
 

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For me the difference in resonance and fullness lead me to believe there is more to it than just the gold brass. The gold brass neck has a ring on the cork end (which the stock neck doesn't have) and is angled about 1/4" higher. There's also no III emblem on the front near the receiver part.
 

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For me the difference in resonance and fullness lead me to believe there is more to it than just the gold brass. The gold brass neck has a ring on the cork end (which the stock neck doesn't have) and is angled about 1/4" higher. There's also no III emblem on the front near the receiver part.
Actually the gold brass and the standard brass necks are made exactly the same. It's just a matter of higher copper content in the gold brass. Selmer doesn't put emblems on the III, 36 or 54 necks. That was something that was on the II, I, VII and so on, but I don't think you could notice it in the sound of the horn. The gold brass necks are produced on the same hydraulic machines with the same press as the standard brass neck, so there should be little deviation.

The inside bore of the gold brass neck is very smooth, the standard brass necks feel like they have been burnt to a crisp on the inside.

Try the 36 neck first, I think it's going to be your best bet on getting your horn to darken up. Of course I like my III neck on my 36 with a NY Link.
 
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