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    Does anybody know what kind of mouth piece Boot's Randolph used? What kind of tenor he used?
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    Quote Originally Posted by windy aft View Post
    Does anybody know what kind of mouth piece Boot's Randolph used? What kind of tenor he used?
    thanks
    I've read that early in his career he used a Brilhart of some sort (Velvet-Tone, I think?), then he switched to a Dukoff D-chamber, don't know what size. There are pics of him playing a Selmer Mk VI, but I don't know if that was the horn he used all the time or not.

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    Per Boots Randolph's book Rock-and-Roll Saxophone, Boots has always played Selmer horns, I reckon back to when he started sax in 1944. He used Otto Links early on. Used the Hawkins Otto Link and Dukoff Hollywood for metal mpcs. Decided the Otto Link just wasn't giving him the harmonics he wanted. Guess he got a case of GAS!! Then he got ahold of a Dukoff D7. Liked it. Tried a D8 with #2 Rico reeds, I believe. Tried the D9 at Dukoff's insistence. Moved to a 3 reed and that's what he played since - the Dukoff D9, #3 Rico reeds and his last horn was the Selmer SA80 Series II.

    (Well, that's what is currently on his website and documented back in 1998. I'd be interested to hear if anyone has any updates! I do understand he may have had a Mark VI but I don't know the time frame.)

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    At the end, Boots was playing an SA 80 Serie II.
    "Zoot" would a good name for a kid...

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    I thought he played a USA selmer.
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    Ok, here's the last paragraph from his bio on bootsrandolph.com.

    "Over the years, this legendary musician had written chapter after chapter of music history...forever etched in sound... entertaining audiences with the same enthusiasm he had since day one. It was in his blood! Boots was his name and SAX was his game! His horn was a Selmer Super 80 Series II with a Bobby Dukoff D-9 mouthpiece, and a #3 Rico reed."

    That should put this to rest.
    "Zoot" would a good name for a kid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrvinson45 View Post
    ! His horn was a Selmer Super 80 Series II with a Bobby Dukoff D-9 mouthpiece, and a #3 Rico reed."

    That should put this to rest.
    Not really, without knowing what ligature or neck step, we'll never be able to play like Boots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    Not really, without knowing what ligature or neck step, we'll never be able to play like Boots.
    Don't forget your Ray-Bans either.
    "Zoot" would a good name for a kid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    Not really, without knowing what ligature or neck step, we'll never be able to play like Boots.
    Thanks, I needed a good laugh this morning....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrvinson45 View Post
    Don't forget your Ray-Bans either.
    or a pair of boots
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    boots played brilhart mpcs before the dukoffs.no way you get that sound from a metal link
    runyon mouthpeices-no need to look elsewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by super20dan View Post
    .no way you get that sound from a metal link
    I might not, but i can see no reason why some other people couldn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    I might not, but i can see no reason why some otehre people couldn't
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    Greg Piccolo plays a Link and and gets a great R&b tone.
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    boots 2.jpg
    Pictures of one of Boot's old mpc's. He could go through some Dukoff's. He would wear them out and go to the next one. They might last him 4 years? I've worked and recorded with Boots. Woodwind master, Billy Puett, gave me this old Boots mpc back in the late 80's. I'm not sure which person tried to scrap the outside? Boots was a great guy and saxophone player. Could wail from an altissimo D to a sub tone low Bb in one line, both notes being huge. And he could do it in a way that the common audience could relate to. He was practicing and playing up to the end. I would always walk away amazed and saying to myself "that man can play the saxophone!"

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    picture 2
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    http://www.quoka.de/musik-equipment/...ophone-bj.html

    Somebody in Germany is selling a Selmer Modele 26 which, so he says, was played by Boots from 1949 to 1956. He is asking EUR 1,800 for it. I think I will stick to my Mark VI.

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    There is an album cover out there....my mother had it in her collection.
    I'm gonna try to find it...Boots sitting on a stool , holding if i remember correctly,
    a King super 20..silver sonic! Like i said i'm gonna track it down.

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    This one?

    Boots.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by super20dan View Post
    boots played brilhart mpcs before the dukoffs.no way you get that sound from a metal link
    Lockjaw, Armett Cobb, Big Nick, Paul Gonsalves, Albert Ayler, Ben Webster, Johnny Griffin, .etc.
    Played Links and got a sound as big and raucous as Boots.

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