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    Question Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    I just bought a Rico M7 Metalite mouthpiece for clarinet off of eBay. I'd been wanting something more lively to use on my old Cavalier metal clarinet and when I saw this puppy, I bought it. I have one for soprano sax and it ain't half bad.

    Does anybody have any experience with these on clarinet? Does it have the same high baffle like the sax pieces?

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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    I had one and didn't care for it a bit. Mojo, on the other hand, seems to like his.

    Yes, it has a similar baffle design to the sax mpcs.
    So far, this is the oldest I've been.

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    You must have seen the same ones I saw.
    I snatched up the M9 as soon as it showed up.
    I already have it and man does it scream.

    I tried it on the Boosey and Hawkes Edgware and the Pruefer Silver throat and my "audience" said the Boosey sounded louder.

    It's a bit hard to control but I'll play around with it for a while before deciding if I like it or not.
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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    I posted something similar on another Metalite thread, but, I agree with Carl concerning the Clarinet Metalite.

    My tenor and especially alto Metalites are great, but that clarinet piece must just be a bad match for me. I'm originally a clarinet player, and I can't get the piece to blow well at all.

    Not interested in selling though either--I hoard these things! Matter of fact, I almost bought a bari Metalite--and I don't even own a bari!

    Looking for a soprano M5 - M9 too!

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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    I've got a soprano M5 I don't use. What ya' be willing to trade?
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    All I can say is No, No, No, No. These are horrible pieces on sax and worse on clarinet. They tend towards bad intonation problems. I have played many of these on bari and have yet to find one that I can get within 20 cents of being in tune. On clarinet, I am lucky to find one that is close to being a half step out of tune. My Berg 95/0 Clarinet mouthpiece is better than these things.
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    I own a full set of metallites. On my Selmer 10G it plays in tune ,fine
    for doubling in a 20 pc Big Band. I only abandoned it when I got my
    5JB VanDoren piece. They are not my first choice on any of the
    saxophones but they all play in tune. The projection on all the
    saxophones rivals anything else I've tried whether HR or metal.

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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbjazzman View Post
    I own a full set of metallites. On my Selmer 10G it plays in tune ,fine
    for doubling in a 20 pc Big Band. I only abandoned it when I got my
    5JB VanDoren piece. They are not my first choice on any of the
    saxophones but they all play in tune. The projection on all the
    saxophones rivals anything else I've tried whether HR or metal.
    I have a clarinet Rico Royal C5 with a pebbly finish and a Rico Royal B5 in
    a shiny finish. Are these Metalite? They are in like new condition. I was
    going to sell them on ebay. I haven't played them yet.

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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    I believe the Graftonites are black and the Metalites are gray. At least, that's the case for mine.

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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Enviroguy View Post
    I've got a soprano M5 I don't use. What ya' be willing to trade?
    Tenor M5 or M9 (both are like new--I have the box for the M5 still), or $$--shoot me a PM if interested!

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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    Quote Originally Posted by martinm5862 View Post
    I have a clarinet Rico Royal C5 with a pebbly finish and a Rico Royal B5 in
    a shiny finish. Are these Metalite? They are in like new condition. I was
    going to sell them on ebay. I haven't played them yet.
    Those are Graftonites. Metalites are gray with an "M" designation (e.g. M5, M7, M9. . .). Finishes can be either pebbly or smooth, apparently dependent on when they were made.

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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    In my experience the various styles of Rico mouthpieces, for sax or clarinet, have been just awful. And some of them can't be easily fixed by refacing/chamber modification because of the nasty type of plastic they're made from.
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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Spiegelthal View Post
    In my experience the various styles of Rico mouthpieces, for sax or clarinet, have been just awful. And some of them can't be easily fixed by refacing/chamber modification because of the nasty type of plastic they're made from.
    But they can be used as doorstop wedges.
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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    Quote Originally Posted by tictactux View Post
    But they can be used as doorstop wedges.

    . . .and probably not sustain any damage!

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    Default Re: Rico Metalite Mpc for Clarinet?

    Yeah, but I'm already using Selmer Goldentones as doorstops, and I've run out of doors that need stopping.
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