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Whilst liking the colourful sound of the Metalite, there are two physical aspects about it that I dislike...the appearance, & the depth of the beak.
What a mouthful...when playing it I feel like the female lead in a porn film.
So, today I took my courage, and a small round file, in both hands & filed a scoop into the top of the beak. There is plenty of meat there, above the baffle, & I filed it down to about the crease where the "bite plate" area meets the undercut "vertical" sides....blending it into, & not touching, the tip rail, and replicating the top radius.
I took off, I guess, just over 1/16" but the difference in comfort is immeasurable....also, the high notes just scream out. The latter may be in my imagination, the psychological effect of "having done something so there must be a change syndrome".
Filing it was rather like filing chipboard, but that is to be expected on a material which seems to consist of wood chippings & wood glue.
Actually it takes very little courage to attack it with a file as an identical replacement is so inexpensive.
 

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Whilst liking the colourful sound of the Metalite, there are physical aspects about it that I dislike.
What a mouthful...when playing it I feel like the female lead in a porn film.
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well it doesn't seem to bother them--good thing they don't take a file to any of the "beaks" they mouthe
 

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You must be talking about a tenor Metalite? I agree, they are awfully big. Dunno why they AB felt it had to be this way. The bari Metalite is relatively more streamlined.

I think they are polycarbonate which is a tough plastic.
 

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You must be talking about a tenor Metalite? I agree, they are awfully big. Dunno why they AB felt it had to be this way. The bari Metalite is relatively more streamlined.

I think they are polycarbonate which is a tough plastic.
Yes, I am talking tenor.
Indeed a mouthful, a minor trade off which is balanced against a mouthpiece which is amongst the best...with the added bonus of consistency and very low cost.
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I still think that it is made of wood glue & sawdust.
 

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Good news for all of us who feel the Metalites to be to large in the mouth.
The new tenor Metalite with the shiny surface has a lower beak than the old ones with the grained surface. The difference is appr. 2 mm measured close to the thickest part.
It corresponds nicely to the 1/16 inch that the OP filed off, and incidentally gives exactly the same external profile as an early Brilhart HR mouthpiece I have.
 

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Good news for all of us who feel the Metalites to be to large in the mouth.
The new tenor Metalite with the shiny surface has a lower beak than the old ones with the grained surface. The difference is appr. 2 mm measured close to the thickest part.
It corresponds nicely to the 1/16 inch that the OP filed off, and incidentally gives exactly the same external profile as an early Brilhart HR mouthpiece I have.
Good news indeed....thanks for passing it on.
The only bad news is that the reissue is unavailable in my preferred size...the M11.
Perhaps I should take my file to the tip of an M9.
 

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Contact Jorns Bergenson on SOTW. He has worked on Metalites to make the chamber bigger and modify the baffle. He sent me a modified Graftonite and a Metalite to try out. I'll PM him now and suggest he check out this thread.
 
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