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I was wondering whether any of you have tried more than one Lamberson mpc at a time when ordering them.

Have you found much variation between any two of his mpc's of the same model?

I'm using an L7 on tenor at the moment. It's a good piece but I notice a slight edgy gurgling sound. Has anyone else noticed this or is it likely to be just this piece?
 

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I also use an L7 for tenor but I'm not having the same issue. While I do also have a 7DD and a metal gold plate, I've never tried two of the same models side-by-side.
 

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While waiting for a new 8DD tenor from Fred, a used one came up on SOTW. Right after I bought it Fred finished the one I had been waiting for.

The two could have been clones. I could not tell any difference appearance wise or playing wise. The only difference was that one went on the neck slightly easier than the other. When I first got the piece from Fred I tried to mark the 8DD with a silver Sharpie. The silver wore off and I forgot which had the tighter fit.

I bought them to back-up an older Lamberson (small lettering) when its shank cracked. There is quite a bit of difference in appearance and tone between the older and the newer ones, but all first rate pieces!
 

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HOUSTON NONET said:
Explain this junk PLEASE
I've seen several pics of the Lamberson Fmaj7. It did not appear to have even a rollover baffle---and TJ is not Fred Lamberson.

AFAIK, the DD is the high baffle lamberson piece.
 

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I thinketh the mpc i got was the DD but labeled a Fmaj7-- that was THE BIG PROBLEM. And a major problem it was with the phone calls etc
BTW there are high baffles, roll-over baffles, step bafflles, low baffles, medium baffles long straight baffles even concave baffles (talk about dark) etc but what is a NO baffle mpc:?
Can you make a no table mpc, a no tip mpc a no window mpc, a no chamber mpc etc:?
 

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My Lamberson Fmaj7 and L7 tenor pieces are on view at the Mouthpiece Museum. Take a look.

http://mouthpiecemuseum.com/MouthpieceMuseum/Lamberson.html

I have had many Lamberson tenor and sop mouthpieces. Some of the early ones were not marked but I think that was because he had not yet created model names for them. All the 'pieces I've seen from him in the last several years have been clearly marked with a deep stamp on the shank.
 

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hakukani said:
I've seen several pics of the Lamberson Fmaj7. It did not appear to have even a rollover baffle...
That's correct. The drop to the chamber is continuous from the tip rail all the way down.
 

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HOUSTON NONET said:
I thinketh the mpc i got was the DD but labeled a Fmaj7-- that was THE BIG PROBLEM. And a major problem it was with the phone calls etc
BTW there are high baffles, roll-over baffles, step bafflles, low baffles, medium baffles long straight baffles even concave baffles (talk about dark) etc but what is a NO baffle mpc:?
Can you make a no table mpc, a no tip mpc a no window mpc, a no chamber mpc etc:?

Sorry you had a problem with Mr. Lamberson. I have always thought of a 'long straight baffle' as no baffle, and a concavity as a negative baffle.

IMO, anything that is handmade is going to have more variance than a machined part. The craft is in making the variance insignificant, for whatever reason.
 

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hakukani said:
Sorry you had a problem with Mr. Lamberson. I have always thought of a 'long straight baffle' as no baffle, and a concavity as a negative baffle.
Here's Theo Wanne's take on it - with pictures.

http://www.theowanne.com/mouthpieces101/baffle.php

I agree, Hak', I consider the "long straight baffle" in Theo's descriptions as "no baffle" - and that is what the Lamberson Fmaj7 and J models are about.
 

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Then why doesn't Theo call it that. No offense but I think I will have to go along with the expert here.
Read the article
There is no such thing as a "no baffle" mpc. No baffle= no mpc.
But I didn't pick up on that when I read his description--dumb. Nevertheless what i got was a high baffle mpc--it looked like a RPC high baffle bari mpc. Then when I complained-- whoa baby. Oh well -- I am happy with my Pillingers
 

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Houston,
Remember the best mouthpiece makers are the ones you fear. You should feel a certain amount of anxiety,dread and stage fright when you are calling them on the phone. They know everything you know squat.:D (This is a joke!) That being said I've dealt with Fred a number of times and it was always a walk in the park. he was one of the nicest guys I've dealt with even when I didn't like one of his pieces.
 

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I was-- but we got into spat-- then next thing i was getting emails and telphone calls from other mpc makers and repair guys about callemails he sent them about me. I kept the invoice and mpc for 2 years as evidence if he damaged any relationships with other mpc guys.
 

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well lets just say it is over. i am happy with what i have and he must make a good product because a lot of players here use his mpcs. Just didn't work out for me.
 

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Houston,
Remember the best mouthpiece makers are the ones you fear. You should feel a certain amount of anxiety,dread and stage fright when you are calling them on the phone. They know everything you know squat.:D (This is a joke!) That being said I've dealt with Fred a number of times and it was always a walk in the park. he was one of the nicest guys I've dealt with even when I didn't like one of his pieces.
Neff:

Bullseye, dude.

I like you, man. You are an intelligent, funny guy.
 
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