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I recently received a Berg Larsen metal 150/2 SMS mouthpiece and decided to do some recording to compare it with my current main piece, a metal Otto Link Florida no USA 10*. I selected the tunes from the TOTM of April and the Beginners/Intermediates thread and posted the results already in those threads. Decided to make also a seperate thread of it in this tenor MPC section.

Here are the links to the SoundClick recordings:

Berg Larsen metal 150/2 SMS:
- Chitlins Con Carne take 2: http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10519914
- Beatrice take 1: http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10519859

Otto Link Florida no USA 10*:
- Chitlins Con Carne take 1: http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10519910
- Beatrice take 2: http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10519881

Both tunes where new for me and I didn't have much time to learn them well, so don't bother too much on the playing. It's more about sound comparison.

I like the sound of both mouthpieces but still prefer my Link some better, having a bit more resistance, a complexer sound (in my ears!) and being easier and fuller in altissimo. But that could also be because I still have to get to know the Berg a bit better (only play-tested it for 10 minutes before doing the recordings).
 

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A 150? Really? Hey, go for it. I liked the Berg. Definitely richer, and I'd say from your playing that you liked it too - very obvious. Is that a new Berg or older?
 

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@1saxman - Thanks for listening. It's a modern metal Berg and I was surprised how 'easy' the 150 plays. For me both pieces sound very much the same. I like them both, but the Link stays on number one for reasons you can't hear in the recording, but can feel when playing the piece. I liked my impro on the Berg more, but that's only the notes, not the sound. Ofcourse pointing out your favourite depends strongly on what kind of sound concept a person prefers. For me that has been the Link sound for years and I think it will stay like that for ever! But it's good to experiment and try other things so now and then.
 

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Hey buddy, I like your sound a lot. I think I enjoy the Link better for it's color and that special...Link-ness, if you know what I mean. But you sound great on both. I can tell that you've worked on your tone a lot.
 

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Hi Eye, thanks for listening and the nice comments :). I share your conclusion on the sound.

Did some more play-testing on the Berg and found that it also works perfectly in a very loud environment, as soloist in a Big Band without microphone. But the Link is still number one for me, even while the Berg seems to play with less effort.
 

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I like both. I know Bergs are notorious for not measuring as marked, have you measured the 150? how close is it. It' definitely has more of that Berg buzz to it than the Link.
 

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Thanks for listening Bill.

I don't have tools to measure the exact tipsize, but comparing it by eye against my Florida's 10* (0.135) and 11* (0.145) show that it's a bit bigger. I know that the Florida's are exact, so I guess the Berg comes close to the specified 0.150 tip. I have read a lot of bad things about the quality of Berg facing curves, but it seems mine is a positive exception :).
 

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Recently recoreded for the TOTM of this month another mouthpiece comparison clip with my modern metal Berg Larsen 150/2 SMS and 50's Otto Link Florida no USA 10*. Just post it here too to be complete.

- Moanin' (Berg Larsen 150/2 SMS - Florida no USA 10* - La Voz medium): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12389243

Theme is played in eight's (Berg starts, Florida fills in). Two chorussen solo on the Berg (starting at 1:03) and two chorusses solo on the Florida (starting at 3:00). Starting at 4:56 some trading chorusses between Berg and Florida (first eight's, later four's).

The Berg is a bit right in the mix and the Link left. Used the same La Voz medium reed and Selmer SBA tenor.
 
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