Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

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    Default Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    Had a chance to try out a Metal Bahia from Rafael. Having played Tenor for the last 35 years I swore I would never lay out $700 for a mouthpiece so I wasn't all that committed to the evaluation going into it. That all changed after a couple of hours with the Bahia. Holy cow, what an experience. Like many, I have been searching for that sound in my head. Call it a mix of Andy Sheppard, Brecker, Branford, and Bob Berg. I currently play a Link HR Slant however my Altissimo chops were never really that good so I have been going through a number of pieces lately looking for Mrs Right. (Theo Wanne, Jody Jazz DVNY, Ponzol, Modern Guardala, Vintage Berg, Mouthpiece Cafe etc.) All good pieces to be sure but for me, none had the emotional connection like the Navarro. If you are a long term player you know what I am talking about. These pieces are very personal, much like how an old SBA or 10M feels. I hope Rafael is insanely successful. He's not one for HYPE and mass marketing like some of the others out there and I have heard that he's a great guy. Now if I can figure out a way to hide this purchase from the spouse
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    Default Re: Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    I've never been able to hide any of my mouthpiece purchases from my wife - but maybe you can.
    Good luck
    Glad you found your dream mouthpiece !!

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    Default Re: Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    That's awesome! I have about 20 Bahia's here in the shop waiting for facing and finishing work. I think they are from the first design. Haven't had time to give them a play test yet as they're scheduled for completion late this month, but as both a player and as someone who works for Rafy I can say that he has some of the best sounding and most playable designs out there for sax mouthpieces right now. Congrats on finding your piece.


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    Default Re: Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    Quote Originally Posted by saxplay View Post
    He's not one for HYPE and mass marketing like some of the others out there and I have heard that he's a great guy.
    Rafael is a great guy, indeed! And he makes great mouthpieces. I have a special one that he custom made for me which is simply spectacular.
    Tenor: Selmer Mark VI, Ted Klum Focustone Standard Model 0.108" mpc, Rigotti Gold 3M reeds, Marc Jean ligature
    Alto: Yanagisawa AWO20, Lamberson Fmaj7 mpc, unfiled Select Jazz 3H reeds, Vandoren Optimum ligature

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    Default Re: Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    Good news for you, Saxplay, and no surprise to me: I really dig Rafael's pieces, too.

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    Default Re: Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    Rafy is a beautiful spirit and makes some killer pieces! Glad you're digging your Bahia.

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    Where can you find one? I've looked all over the Web

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    Default Re: Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    Your search is not over.

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    Default Re: Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    If you are unable to find exactly what you're looking for check out Quinn the Eskimo or go on ebay and do a search for him there. I purchased mine directly from him 2 weeks ago and couldn't be happier! Best mouthpiece I've ever played

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    Default Re: Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    Quote Originally Posted by kgiles View Post
    Where can you find one? I've looked all over the Web
    Just to point out the op would have been talking about the original Bahia and not the Bahia AR which is the one you can buy new now. They are very different mouthpieces.

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    Default Re: Rafael Navarro Bahia Metal Tenor MPC - My search is over

    Never had the opportunity of playing one of the originals and I've heard they are not the same but this AR does all I need it to do. Pairs up with my Shadow better then anything I've tried

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