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    by Published on 09-08-2013 02:36 AM
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    Here is my official review on the new 10MFAN hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpieces.

    I’ve had these mouthpieces longer than anyone, and have been playing on them every day for several months now. The short version: it is my opinion that these are the best made mouthpieces on the planet for what they’re intended to do. I now rotate between the three depending on which gig I’m doing, but if I had to pick one to take to any gig, it would be the Robusto.

    Initial Impressions: My initial impression after I played all three was to call Mark and mess with him. I told him there was something wrong with all of the mouthpieces, and the concern in his voice was evident…and then I told him the problem was that I couldn’t pick a favorite. ? While I’m sure his blood pressure didn’t appreciate my little joke, it was actually the truth…I couldn’t pick a favorite at first because I was amazed at what he accomplished with these mouthpieces. They were all so different, yet they all had amazing depth of sound, richness, were full-bodied, super reed friendly, and had an exceptional core sound.
    by Published on 06-15-2012 10:27 AM     Number of Views: 3791 
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    The Vintage American Alto Heavyweight Bout!

    In this corner, nicknamed after a famous player from the 20's, wearing stunning original gold plate and fancy engraving, the Conn "Chu Berry" 228,xxx serial!

    And in the other corner, touted by the greats such as Art Pepper and Earl Bostic, the enigmatic and often relacquered, "The Martin Alto" 167,xxx serial!

    These two will go head to head to determine the winner!


    Initial Impressions

    Conn "Chu Berry" 228k: This horn was in excellent cosmetic shape for being over 80 years old, and absolutely stunning. This is considered a "portrait model" ...
    by Published on 11-15-2011 12:34 PM     Number of Views: 5606 

    I recently had a chance to play the new Viking M58 Legend Series tenor saxophones. I played both a cognac lacquer finish and the antiqued finish popular on many taiwanese horns. The horns were played every day for several weeks before writing the review.


    Initial Impressions

    Viking M58 Legend Cognac Lacquer: This is one of my favorite finishes on horns today. It is similar to the "vintage gold" lacquer on Phil Barone horns, although I felt the finish was a ...
    by Published on 09-25-2011 12:00 AM     Number of Views: 15411 
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    This is an updated review containing several new mouthpieces and further impressions on his Phil-Tone Eclipse that I've been playing for a few years now.

    Initial Impressions

    Phil-Tone Aurora alto: Wasn't sure what to expect with this mouthpiece. I had remembered seeing these mouthpieces on Junkdude for a while, and thinking they were some kind of expensive plastic student mouthpiece. I was very, very wrong. The first few notes really surprised me...you'll see how in a bit.

    Phil-Tone Solstice alto: Very excited for this one. Paul Desmond was my beginning inspiration to playing alto and I continue to emulate his sound on every acoustic gig. I had my reservations, as ...
    by Published on 08-21-2010 11:36 PM     Number of Views: 22637 
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    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages....welcome...to the MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING!

    Standing in the blue corner, weighing in at 210,xxx serial with original lacquer and fresh pads, the reigning and defending champion, the Mark VI alto saxophone!!

    Standing in the red corner, a fighter with a reputation that's been building for years, weighing in at abalone shell key touches, antiqued lacquer, and rolled tone holes, the P. Mauriat 67R alto saxophone!

    And standing in...the......other....*ahem*corner, is the newcomer, receiver of much praise, but has he truly been tested? Weighing in at a bare brass finish and value for dollar, the Barone Vintage alto saxophone!

    Tonight, these ...
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