I have a 1936 30M tenor on extended loan, and have read great comments about these horns. It seems common knowledge that these play extremely sharp, and I'm trying to figure out how to deal with it.
If I pull out the mouthpiece enough to be in tune, low note response gets bad and gurgly. The cork is thin, so I'm using a strip of paper. And still the mouthpiece is a little wobbly out there. The low notes sound great with the mouthpiece at a more normal position.
I should mention that I'm not an experienced tenor player, and that my embouchure might be partially at fault for the low note problems. But like I said, pushing in the mouthpiece pretty much solves it.
I've had some work done on the horn, but don't want to spend a ton of money on a horn I don't own. So there could still be some leaks or other problems.
One thing I've tried is pushing the mouthpiece in but pulling the neck out. This kind of works, but is not a great solution.
I guess my questions are:
Would different mouthpieces help at all? I've tried a Rousseu classical piece and a Berg Larsen metal jazz piece with about the same results.
Would new cork help at all? That would eliminate the need for paper and maybe it wouldn't be as wobbly. But I'm thinking it's the position of the mouthpiece that's really the issue.
How do others deal with this issue? My tech mentioned that he often used to put extensions on the necks of these horns.