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As the title implies, I'm interested in feedback as the whether, all things equal (mouthpiece/reed combo) the Vintage Reborn produces a more mellower overall tone than the Big Bell?

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I think the Vintage Reborn is inherently warmer and richer than the Big Bell. It has a nice combination of a warm vintage tone mixed with some modern edge and brilliance. The Big Bell, for me, is brighter, more powerful, and has a boxier sound...real nice for modern stuff. But we all blow different, so it might be different for you. Sam Ash is a popular music chain that carries these...see if you can find one fairly close and go try them out.

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Thanks. I just returned from trading the Big Bell I purchased last week for a Vintage. Overall mellower tone. I also like the lighter key action.
 

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Once owned a BB alto and VR alto. Sold the BB as the VR got 90% of play time. The lighter key action is noticeable and appreciated. I've had the VR for 2 years and still in love . . . . . :)
 

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Once owned a BB alto and VR alto. Sold the BB as the VR got 90% of play time. The lighter key action is noticeable and appreciated. I've had the VR for 2 years and still in love . . . . . :)
The VR is also considerably lighter in weight. The BB was a back breaker.
 

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If there is a weight difference, it has to be in a few ounces. If that really makes a big difference to you than you should take a good look at your health.
 

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If there is a weight difference, it has to be in a few ounces. If that really makes a big difference to you than you should take a good look at your health.
Some of us get our exercise by jumping to conclusions. . . . . . :)
 

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I played a Gerald Albright and a VR on the same day. To me, the VR had more buzz to the sound. The VR was more focused and had more"core". I call it "sawtooth" sound...from Roland's D50 synth bank sounds. Selmer aficianados call it another thing that I won't mention ....
 
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