What size Meyer alto sax mouthpiece should I use for my Selmer Series II?
Normally, I'd say do that first, but the AL3 has such a small tip and is so specialized for classical playing, that it's VERY HARD to get a sound with projection. Try a Meyer 5M, you'll have less trouble adjusting to that tip size than a bigger one.Why do you need a Meyer for jazz? Does your Vandoren sound good and have sufficient volume and intonation control? You are free to move about the cabin - and play jazz on what you play now. DAVE
Woah, I use to play an AL3 for classical, friend! They're fantastic mouthpieces, but I could never imagine getting a jazz sound out of it. My AL4 which I use now, yeah, it can work for that, I use it for pit orchestras alot, but the AL3 is VERY closed. It's not about being classical, so much as it as having one of the smallest tips I've ever seen in sax mouthpieces.Archsax: That may be YOUR reaction to an AL3, but others may not have the same results. From all the good classical players I've heard, I'd die for a sound like that - in jazz. Good tone is good tone regardless of what kind of music is being played, and the classical recordings I've heard had players with wonderful tone.
As far as I'm concerned, once good tone is achieved, then it is up to the player to execute classical notes from a chart or jazz notes from the head. I just do not believe this claim that one type of music requires certain equipment while another type of music requires different equipment.
I used to play a Meyer 6S-Medium Chamber on alto. It was far superior to the 6M (which I also had - still do) for me. But I changed to different mouthpieces over the years and have recently been playing a Selmer S-80 C* - IN JAZZ! Oh NO! A so-called "classical" piece for jazz? Will wonders never cease . . . DAVE