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    I just picked up a 305xxx Zephyr alto and it changed my religion. It's in great shape and with my Vandoren Java mouthpiece, it just screams. I am totally floored at the range of sounds I can get on it. It's definitely going to replace my S80II as my main horn!

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    Congrats, Doc! I've had my 307XXX Zephyr alto for a few months now, and am still exploring its sonic range. Haven't tried a regular Java yet, but I have tried a CE Mainstream, which is their interpretation of a Jumbo Java blue. Nicely executed, but not exactly what I'm looking for right now, so the search continues.
    A little bit louder and a little bit worse.

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    Zoot, I've tried a few Jumbo Javas and I found they were way too bright. The regular Java mouthpieces are the perfect blend of brightness and depth of tone. They have a richness which doesn't thin out when you push it. I highly recommend them!

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    Good to know, Doc, thanks. I have a Ted Klum Acoustimax coming any day now, but will keep the Java in mind in case it doesn't work out.
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    Me too i love my 1955 Zeph alto i use a vandoren A45 java and 3.5 Riggotti Tenor reeds ... yes Tenor reeds ... I am a tenor player but had a studio date on alto and no reeds so popped on a tenor and have been hooked ever since ... try it !! I hav had many altos but none with the grunt and flexibility of tone as a King Zeph... I have a super 20 Tenor and love that also ... and this is after 45 years playing all sorts of horns as i am a repair tech ... and pro player ...
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    I've actually been considering going Bostic with a tenor reed, Dan. Meanwhile, my first impressions of my 3 newest pieces (a Selmer Super Session D, Klum Acoustimax 6, and Jody Jazz HR 6) were all very positive. Sadly, the trials will have to remain inconclusive for now, as My Zephyr's developed a loose body octave vent that needs resoldering. Guess it's back to the backup-backup horn for the time being.
    A little bit louder and a little bit worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZootTheSim View Post
    Meanwhile, my first impressions of my 3 newest pieces (a Selmer Super Session D, Klum Acoustimax 6, and Jody Jazz HR 6) were all very positive.
    I really like Jody Jazz HR pieces. I have a 6M for my Zeph alto. They bring out the warmth in the tone while keeping the power. The Zephyr is mouthpiece friendly and I'm favoring my Gale and Gregory pieces right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluto View Post
    The Zephyr is mouthpiece friendly...
    I've noticed the same thing. I can put practically any piece on mine and it sounds great! Try doing that with any other horn from the 40s! I just added a 295xxx tenor to go with my 305xxx alto.

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    Doc,

    Congrats on the "sweet spot" Zephyr tenor. My Zephyr tenor is right around 279XXX from 1946. Unlike my Zeph alto, the tenor is somewhat finicky when it comes to mouthpieces. However, it wasn't too hard finding several that work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocHoladay4202 View Post
    I can put practically any piece on mine and it sounds great! Try doing that with any other horn from the 40s! I just added a 295xxx tenor to go with my 305xxx alto.
    True, though some are better than others. I find my Martin Comm. III alto to be even more mouthpiece-friendly.
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    I`m in love with my 1938 Zephyr Special Tenor.

    Got it overhauled with black Pisoni Pro pads and flat metal resos. Plays like a dream but not as spectacular compared to my early Super-20s- a bit more refined, not easy to describe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sax0naut View Post
    I`m in love with my 1938 Zephyr Special Tenor.

    Got it overhauled with black Pisoni Pro pads and flat metal resos. Plays like a dream but not as spectacular compared to my early Super-20s- a bit more refined, not easy to describe.


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    Very nice! I would love to get my hands on a Zephyr Special or an early Super 20!
    "You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail."

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    I'd love to get my hands on a post-war Zephyr Special or Super 20 too... But I'm not sure I'd survive my wife's hands on me afterwards when I've drained the emergency fund

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    One day, I would love to try one....

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