Guys, thanks so much for the feedback. It's really helpful!
I like one the best because it seems more focused and locked in with intonation. #2 sounds more spread and airy to me. #3 is also spread but also the intonation seems a little off to me. Some of the notes sound flat to my ear on #3 and a bit unstable as far as intonation like the note is moving more than it does for #1 and #2. I didn't listen to the whole clip though but just the first section of each clip.
Just listened to some more with the scale part. Mouthpiece #3 you go flat up high which is in line with my feeling like it isn't locked in as much for you. #2 I like the most up high and # 1 sounds a little thinner up high.
I still dig the focus of #1 the most so if it was meI would work with #1 and practice trying to open up and fatten the higher range.
I agree with everything you said. #3 was my least favorite, I think it differs most in feel compared to the other two mouthpieces and my pitch doesn't sound centred. It's a louder piece I think, and I don't sound in control. I recorded these in one go and just swapped the reed and recorded straight off. It might have been sensible to play for 30 seconds on each to adjust before recording? I'm not claiming that would resolve all intonation issues (if only!) but it might make for a fairer comparison, given that I'd spent the morning on pieces 1 and 2....
I really appreciate the comments RE spread and focussed, I wouldn't have put it like that but listening back I can hear exactly what you're referring to.
Agree I like 3 least for the reasons Neff cites. 2 is my favorite, as it sounds a little "thicker" than 1 to me. If you are using the same reed on all of them I wonder if 2 has the biggest tip opening - not that bigger tip is better, but 1 and 3 (especially) sound like the setup is too light for you (all my subjective opinion of course). You have a really nice sound but, for my tastes, a little timid.
Thanks for the comments. I hear the same, #2 sounds "thicker" to me too which is an aspect I really like. They are all 7* but I've just looked #3 is 266mm, #2 is 280mm, #1 is 266mm... so you're right! Now I'm thinking about it, I actually played #3 reguarly for months but I used a half strength stronger reed when I did. I'm kinda amazed you can hear that from these short clips.
FWIW my own thoughts:
#1 - I like the lighter, slightly sweeter sound but I definitely need to work on fattening up the top end. Probably my favorite overall, I like where it sits in term of bright vs dark.
#2 - A bit bigger sounding, felt the easiest to control but I didn't enjoy the sound as much when I played it. I was pleasantly surprised that that this piece didn't play brighter when I played a bit louder at the end.
#3 - It projects but I think the pitch mars the recording, there is a certain harshness when I played loud which I'm less keen on.
In all clips, I think the playing would benefit from having more conviction and being stronger/bolder. I'd like to lose some of the breathiness in all and add some "tonal mass".
I'm going to do some practice and will hopefully post come improved clips later on!