I just joined this forum and hope to become a contributing member and get some answers for some things that I have going on here.
After playing on Yamahas all my professional life I finally decided to venture out. I got myself an old Chu Berry Conn alto and love it. I then got a Soprano of about the same vintage and it has it's quirks.
My basic question is - Is this a good horn when set up right, and is it better sounding than my 675. Both horns need work and are really not in 100% playing condition. As they are now the Conn seems to have more - what shall I say, heart. However it seems very picky about the mouthpiece. I couldn't play my Meyer in tune on it With my Vandoren V5 it plays much better, however there seem to be issues with the octave key, the high C doesn't speak very well sometimes (esp when slurring notes up to it, but when tongued it plays OK except for the fact that more of the tongue sound seems to come out, really weird, and it does that on the B also), and whoever repadded it did a real amature job, I think, because the pads always sound like they are sticking. Also, with the Meyer sounding so out of tune on this horn, it makes me wonder wether or not it really needs a mouthpiece from it's own era.
My YSS really needs a total overhaul. I've had it for about 7 yrs and have never really been happy with it, but everyone always says it sounds great. One day I played it against a Mark VI and just about tossed it out the window, the VI just totally shamed it. Since then I've been looking for something better and that's why I got the Conn.
So, the big question, which one should I have overhauled and keep. All comments are welcome.