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Since this was ~500 mouthpieces ago for me, I had to pull up my records to see what was done. Steve sent me some facing numbers for a JVW mouthpiece that he had. I don’t know if they were supplied to him by JVW or someone else. But I did not measure the facing using my gauges. I fit an elliptical facing curve through this data. It had a significant hump in the curve 9-12 mm from the tip compared to a true eliipse. Was this a facing feature or a result of a different measured/set of gauges? I ended up choosing a target curve for their Barone that was a true ellipse that I thought would have a similar resistance to the data sent me. Maybe a little less without the odd hump in it. If I had measured the curve myself, I might have leaned towards copying it more exactly. But since I did not trust the numbers sent to me 100%, I thought it was best to supply a great facing curve near the numbers sent.
 

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Old solid silver FL mouthpiece: https://www.facebook.com/509654555758777/photos/?tab=album&album_id=814040638653499
New silver plated bronze FL mouthpiece: https://www.facebook.com/509654555758777/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1156258374431722

... both are small chamber mouthpiece, but not designed to be bright: they sound more or less a crossover between a Selmer "Metal Classic" and a Berg Larsen "Bullet chamber"

The solid silver FL used by Bob Berg was a kind of custom mouthpiece... with, probably, a different design... probably more like the wooden FL pieces: medium large chamber with a kind of baffle.
 

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Old solid silver FL mouthpiece: https://www.facebook.com/509654555758777/photos/?tab=album&album_id=814040638653499
New silver plated bronze FL mouthpiece: https://www.facebook.com/509654555758777/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1156258374431722

... both are small chamber mouthpiece, but not designed to be bright: they sound more or less a crossover between a Selmer "Metal Classic" and a Berg Larsen "Bullet chamber"

The solid silver FL used by Bob Berg was a kind of custom mouthpiece... with, probably, a different design... probably more like the wooden FL pieces: medium large chamber with a kind of baffle.
Wow! Great pics! Are these your pieces? Nice! The JXFL looks close in most regards except the chamber has straight sidewalls. It's interesting that he didn't go all the way and scoop those out also. I have another piece that is fashioned after a Dave Guardala and he did the same thing with straight sidewalls in the chamber. I have never seen a Guardala with straight sidewalls in the chamber. They play well in my opinion.........Thanks for the pics.
 

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Just finished a review and sound clips of the new Theo Wanne Gold Gaia 3 tenor saxophone mouthpiece that I am very excited about. This was a joy to play and one of the best tenor sax mouthpieces I have played in all these years. As is usual for me, when I am excited, I tend to write too much and play too much but if you want to check out the review it is below. Let me know what you think.........Great job to Theo Wanne and his team!!

http://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2019/07/theo-wanne-gaia-3-metal-tenor-saxophone-mouthpiece-review/
 

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Posted a new review and sound clip of the new Gaia 3 hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpiece by Theo Wanne this morning. Many of you have been asking for this since my review of the metal Gaia 3 tenor mouthpiece last week, so here you go. If you read until the end of the review, Theo Wanne was nice enough to give me a coupon code for 10% off the mouthpiece if you decide you want to give it a try also. Hope it helps. Let me know what you think........ Thanks, Steve

http://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2019/07/theo-wanne-gaia-3-hard-rubber-tenor-mouthpiece-review/
 

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Ok, so this isn't scientific in the least but I wanted to do a post on my site for years playing the same mouthpiece design with different material to see if it makes any difference? I attempted to do that today with two Theo Wanne Gaia 3 tenor saxophone mouthpieces. Listen to the clips and see if you can hear any differences? I'm curious what you think? Please respond in the comment section at the bottom of the page on my site so we can see if I am crazy or if others hear a difference also....... Thanks, Steve

https://www.neffmusic.com/blog/2019...gaia-3-tenor-saxophone-mouthpiece-comparison/
 
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