I've been wanting a baritone to add to my alto (Bundy II) and tenor (YTS475) for no other reason than I like shiny things. I went in to the local big box music store and they had an ABS 31 hanging on the wall with a $1000 price tag on it. That's about 1/2 of what I was expecting to pay to get into a basic used baritone. The story is they are retiring it from the rental fleet because they are replacing it with a Jupiter horn.
My question is about the mouthpiece and reeds. I've got the horn on a one week rental for evaluation. The mouthpiece is unlabeled but I expect that it is the original since the horn doesn't appear to have many miles on it. It has a few cosmetic dings so I know it has been out of the store but all the pads appear to be in good shape and the lacquer is 100%. The ligature says it's for a tenor and the mouthpiece appears to fit a tenor reed as well as or better than a baritone reed. It is definately not a tenor mouthpiece. It's much too large.
For good measure, I got the store to throw in a Yamaha 5C Baritone mouthpiece but it is much shorter than the mouthpiece that was in the case. The Yamaha mouthpiece throws the intonation off. I have to pull the neck out of the socket about 3/16" to get it to play close to in tune.
I can't find much information online about the Amati horns, let alone the non-current ABS 31. Anyone got any thoughts on this? Do they use tenor reeds on baritones in the Czech Republic?
By the way, the case must be wrapped in actual leather 'cause my dog thinks it's pretty darn tastey. I should have gotten the "no questions asked" insurance. I guess I'm keeping the horn.