Oatts plays a 90/2M -- is that really a high baffle? I've got a 90/2M and it looks pretty darn comparable to my Meyers...There arent too many guys that can tame the high baffle of some of those old berg altos... Dick Oats can.
I'm always thinking the same thing when someone mentions "the Mark VI sound," and images of Paul Desmond and David Sanborn try to fuse in my mind...Funny to contemplate Hodges and McLean playing the "same" (Berg at least) model mouthpiece. I know they probably differed a lot, but you'd think you could hear something in common in their respective sounds.
That's why I asked: you're the guy who'd know! And yeah: Dick Oatts sounds *amazing* on his Berg...Dick has the best Berg alto sound out there. I dont know if his 2 has a higher baffle or not. I have well over 100 vintage Bergs here, and the number system on those isnt very reliable.
Inconsistencies everywhere, just like Brilhart. Ive had pieces marked with a #3, that blow super bright, and "0"'s that play more like #2's. You just never know.
All I know is Dicks sound is excellent on his Berg.
Messed with that a little bit, but it's pretty tough to determine from the video...the magnified pic shows the shank of a Meyer, wouldn't you agree? kelly, do u think u coudl magnify the picture in the end which also shows the tip of the mouthpiece? if it is very steep, than it is a Berg.....cheers, dj
I was trying to be kind. Better sharp than out of tune. Sound has nothing to do with intonation. If you want to hear sharp or out of tune, check out Charlie Rouse or Gene Ammons. It is just not as easy to hear on tenor.I never thought his sound was his strong point at all. Frigin' sharp all the time, and hard to listen to because of it!
I never listened to Jackie for his sound...that was always the weakest point of his playing to me.