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I want a tenor mouthpiece that is versatile in the sense that it can be used in both jazz and classical setups (think of a band that plays both styles in a concert). On the alto, I've achieved this by using Meyer 5M. Any suggestions?
 

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Classical set-ups tend to favour narrower tip openings whilst jazz players tend to prefer wider ones. Something like a 6 or 6* size should cope with both. Vandoren v16 mouthpieces are very nice and are based on Meyers.
 

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Otto Link 6, Selmer Soloist-style in E or F, Morgan 5L, Morgan 6C... Yamaha 5C.

The difference in sound will more greatly depend on the player’s phrasing and sound concept.
 

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If you are talking about something like a community band, then I would recommend a Selmer Soloist in about a D tip opening. Good luck!
 

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IMHO get a 10mfan the classic. I have been really impressed recently with the capabilities of that piece. A bit of a background I have been playing my Maestra for 5 years or so and this piece is more powerful, reed friendlier, more free blowing, more ligature friendly than my Maestra is. I love the Navarro but I have to admit that sometimes it really behaves like a Link with its strength and its flaws. I won't get rid of my Maestra cause when I pair it with the right reed it's just killer, but finally I managed to used softer, harder and different brands of reeds on a piece without it sounding dead. I have been stuck on Rigotti 3 1/2 medium for long time and believe me on a Maestra 8 that strength doesn't help with articulation on the lower register and if I go down in reed strength I just can't get enough "Beef". On the classic everything works, the articulation is great and every lig I try on it seems to seal properly, so the ligs don't make a lot of difference there. Peace of mind for me and my pocket. Well maybe my maestra needs a reface but even so that 10mfan is GOOOOOOOOOOD.
 

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My answer to this was a Brilhart Personaline.

Suggestions for further research on possible tenor mpcs =
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/conte...or-New-Members-and-Frequently-Asked-Questions

Mouthpiece Suggestions to replace current Tenor mouthpiece:

Sound clips and comparisons: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=81124
Bright sound: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=956
For Jazz: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=3047
Lead Tenor: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=6328
For College: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=5801
Big, dark , edgy: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=9703
Classical: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=7294
To Cut through: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=7483
Great Metal pieces: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=8907
Upgrade: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=110774
Smooth Ballads: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=12109
Big, round, good subtone: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=10708
Big, Fat, wide sound: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=11471
Darkest sounding: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=15320
Edgy: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=17523
Jody Jazz vs Phil Barone: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=20887
Full Bottom, Easy Altissimo: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=30819
Under .100 opening: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=28577
Dark, Bright, Cutting, Warm and Funky: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=30098
Versatility: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=41233
Full Fat in the Palm Keys: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=58633
All round Hard Rubber: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=51474
Rock/Funk/Blues: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=47826
Legit: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=52062
Cutting and Great Altissimo: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=50285
Great Metal Jazz: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=63111
Controllable Power and Brightness: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=64600
Like a Sugal: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=44528
For Beginners: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=73253
Fusion: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=89190
Cheap Step-up jazz: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=104178
Florida Links: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=102222
Modern Sounding under $300: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=108022
Caravan and Rascher: https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?t=101784

NOTE- Mouthpiece choice should not be influenced by horn shape, brand or colour, unless there are intonation problems (possibly due to a really modern mouthpiece on a really old horn).
 

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IMHO get a 10mfan the classic. I have been really impressed recently with the capabilities of that piece. A bit of a background I have been playing my Maestra for 5 years or so and this piece is more powerful, reed friendlier, more free blowing, more ligature friendly than my Maestra is. I love the Navarro but I have to admit that sometimes it really behaves like a Link with its strength and its flaws. I won't get rid of my Maestra cause when I pair it with the right reed it's just killer, but finally I managed to used softer, harder and different brands of reeds on a piece without it sounding dead. I have been stuck on Rigotti 3 1/2 medium for long time and believe me on a Maestra 8 that strength doesn't help with articulation on the lower register and if I go down in reed strength I just can't get enough "Beef". On the classic everything works, the articulation is great and every lig I try on it seems to seal properly, so the ligs don't make a lot of difference there. Peace of mind for me and my pocket. Well maybe my maestra needs a reface but even so that 10mfan is GOOOOOOOOOOD.


This was really great to read, this morning. Thank you.
 

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A Vandoren optimum is under 160 and is a great all-around piece but not professional by any means. Use a softer reed for the jazz and a little harder one for classical.
 

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That is an odd statement. Vandoren makes some nice products that are used by professionals every day.
 
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