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    I play tenor sax, and on all the runyons i've tried, for some reason the low notes just don't come out very well... on none of my other mouthpieces do i have this problem.

    Right now i like the sound of my Runyon 88 for classical, but the lower notes are quite difficult.

    any suggestions on what i can do?

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    The obvious suggestion is not to play runyons but aside from that you could play with reed strengths...a half strength lighter perhaps, Reed drilling can free up the lows on some reed mouthpiece combos, and play with lig position or an alternate lig. I play a runyon and there is no prob with the lows. On the other hand your setup and playing style just may not lend itself to the design. I have learned that no matter what I cant make a current run selmer mpc sound even tollerable (havent tried soloist tho). Keep on trying but dont be too afraid to give up the ship. There are more classical pieces out there.

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    Good answer.

    What are your other mouthpiece brands and sizes? What models and sizes of Runyons have you tried?

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    jody jazz esp 100.

    morgan 8E, and before that a 5EL.

    for runyon i've tried the quantum and right now i own an 88 #5

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    I play two runyons on tenor, a Jaguar and an SR, both 11. I use relatively soft reeds (RJS 2M and 2H) because I don't play enough hours to have monster chops. Low notes are no problem on either of these MPs.

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    aarondanger, what reeds do you use? I'm having the problem of my 88 tenor piece sounding a bit too bright/buzzy/jazzy, but I really like the feel of the piece.
    Thanks

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    i'm using just regular vandorens... 2.5

    It feels stuffy for some reason. I have no projection to the sound it feels like.

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    I would definitely suggest you try other brands and cuts of reeds. The Vandorens are rather heavy, and work better on mouthpieces with long facings, narrow tip openings.

    I would suggest for classical with the 88, try the Hemke reeds. For the #5 facing, the Hemke 3 will work well.
    You are all welcome to contact me at tenorman@teche.net, which is my public email address set up especially for my friends here on Sax On The Web.

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    I just got a Morgan 3C... much better mouthpiece for me.

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    I sent my 88 to Mr. Paul Coats a little while ago, it works so much better now.

    If you read this Paul, thank you so much!

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    You are very welcome!

    Paul
    You are all welcome to contact me at tenorman@teche.net, which is my public email address set up especially for my friends here on Sax On The Web.

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