Phil Barone, Theo Wanna, Phil Engleman, Ted Klum, etc, etc...
Curiosity maybe? He's a kid!Why are you asking?
Wow!! You are absolutely the first person I have ever heard say they don't like Mr. Barone,... the man. I can understand not being an all out fan for one or two of his mouthpieces,... but "I dont like Phil Barone" is kinda dark-n-chilly! Wouldn't you say? I hope I never see the side of Mr. Barone you describe. More important, I hope I never behave myself in a way that would invite him to show me that side.Curiosity maybe? He's a kid!
I don't like Phil Barone, simply because I know people who have had very bad experiences with his "customer service", and both mouthpieces I tried of his (a 1993 Hollywood Tenor metal, and a 2009 HR Alto model), both looked unfinished and played with un-needed resistance!
That's my opinion.
Best refaced and custom pieces I have played have been Drakes and Tenneys.
I hear ya Tony,... if you do the math of buying a piece that's worthy of a good re-working (refacing is just one of the things these masters can do to a mouthpiece), then adding to it the cost of working the piece, it's prolly more economical to just get a custom piece from jump. Sigmund (Phil Engleman) is another good source,... check out his site: http://www.phil-tone.com/! For the alto, Meyer seems to be the reference and I believe most of his custom pieces are based on the Meyer,... I could be a little off on that, so check behind me. But I've had luck with my Baron NY6M,... shoot wished I had a Barone NY7M. Now that I got a tenor, I wished I had an Otto Link laying around. Everyone says it's the like the popular reference piece in the tenor world like the Meyer is to the alto.Just curious, getting a new mouthpiece soon (Eric don't worry, no 4C refacing ) so maybe I'll have it refaced. Just want to try to get my gear figured out early so I can focus on more important stuff when I'm older.