Like many of you I often browse ebay and SOTW for vintage Otto Link tenor sax mouthpieces and invariably a high percentage of the ones you see have been refaced by x, y or z refacer. But it seems like in the last year or so I've seen more and more pieces refaced by one Brian Powell up for resale. And from the descriptions you can tell that most of the sellers are players--many of which even say they were the ones who requested and paid for the refacing services.
So my question is--after going to the time and expense of sending a piece to Powell and waiting for it to come back for who knows how long, why would they turn around and resell it?
The only conclusion I can reach is the Powell-refaced piece didn't do it for them for whatever reason (i.e. did not meet their expectations).
In contrast, it seems like there are some refacers whose work you rarely see--names like Jon Van Wie come to mind here. And when you do see one the description usually says something like the piece only had one owner--the guy who had it refaced--and that he used it as his main piece for 15 years, etc. I recently saw an ad for one of Van Wie's pieces with similar verbiage, and the seller added that the only reason he was selling it for the original owner was because the guy had retired from playing and needed money for his retirement home or something.
There are other people whose pieces you also see up for resale a lot too, but Powell's refaces seem to be flooding the market lately.
As a result, I have decided that I wouldn't take a chance on his pieces since so many other players have obviously unloaded them.
So who has played Powell-refaced pieces and if so, did you order them or someone else? And do you still own it or did you resell? And if you resold it, why?