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    I ordered a Bari Esprit for the tenor as well. I like the Bari Esprit for the Alto. Are there any other Yamaha 4C type mouthpieces I should consider for the Tenor? Is the Selmer Goldentone 3 any good? My opinion on the Rico Graftonite is good. I think the shorter beak of the Rico throws people off a bit if they are not used to it. I am an amateur and always will be with regards to the saxophone.

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    Default Re: Inexpensive Tenor Mouthpiece buying advice

    Yamaha 7C ...but still very small at the tip at around 0.80

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    Not very Yamaha 4C, but very Florida Link.

    http://macsax.com/aura-tenor-mouthpiece/

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    The expression mouthpieces are cheap and good

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    I think you'll like the Esprit.

    Some other cheap favorites of mine:

    George Bundy Signature

    Hite Premier

    Brilhart Ebolin 4

    IMHO, these all make a horn sound better, wider, richer, than a Yamaha, whether it be a 4,5,6,or 7 c Yama.

    Goldentones are sorta awful-sounding, albeit easy to blow. Graftonites....eh...I do not think they make a horn sound good. I would opt for a Yama before I'd ever use a Graftonite.

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    Not for everyone, and certainly not like the 4C....so please no bashing of it....but a really good cheap mouthpiece is the Metalite M9. Put a darker cane reed on it and it can sound much mellower than you probably think. $25 on Amazon right now.
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    How inexpensive?
    Vandoren VI6 hr, not as cheap as those mentioned, well made and a good all-rounder, albeit on the bright side.
    My wife, whose ears I trust, said that my sound is much fuller, richer, more powerful and resonant on this set up.
    ... but really folks... my wife said, " It sounds like a saxophone ".

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayePDX View Post
    I think you'll like the Esprit.

    Some other cheap favorites of mine:

    George Bundy Signature

    Hite Premier

    Brilhart Ebolin 4

    IMHO, these all make a horn sound better, wider, richer, than a Yamaha, whether it be a 4,5,6,or 7 c Yama.

    Goldentones are sorta awful-sounding, albeit easy to blow. Graftonites....eh...I do not think they make a horn sound good. I would opt for a Yama before I'd ever use a Graftonite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saxphil View Post
    How inexpensive?
    Vandoren VI6 hr, not as cheap as those mentioned, well made and a good all-rounder, albeit on the bright side.
    I was going to mention something like this as well. Why buy 3-4 $20-$40 entry level pieces? Buy a used V16 (or similar, but Vandorens tend to be more consistent than most) in a modest tip opening and as a part-timer who also plays alto, you might never NEED another mouthpiece again. BTW, that Macsax Aura someone mentioned above is a nice playing piece, but only available in a 7*.

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    I received the Bari Esprit matte finish tenor mouthpiece a few days ago. I really like the Bari Esprit mouthpiece on both the alto and tenor. Any suggestions for metal mouthpieces in the tenor? I think I will add a Hite Premiere down the road. A metal mouthpiece is probably what I would want next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    I received the Bari Esprit matte finish tenor mouthpiece a few days ago. I really like the Bari Esprit mouthpiece on both the alto and tenor. Any suggestions for metal mouthpieces in the tenor? I think I will add a Hite Premiere down the road. A metal mouthpiece is probably what I would want next.
    I'd recommend not getting too hasty, and giving each piece the time needed to develop its potential. That said, add the Brilharts and Runyons for lower priced metal pieces. And don't fear big openings, just embrace softer reeds.

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    I would call John Reilly. He's amazing and has some pieces that are well priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiotrLato View Post
    Not very Yamaha 4C, but very Florida Link.

    http://macsax.com/aura-tenor-mouthpiece/
    For $84 that looks like quite a bargain. How does it play?
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    Default Re: Inexpensive Tenor Mouthpiece buying advice

    I don't know if it's THAT cheap, but Lebayle offers some pretty good pieces at relatively low prices.

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    Rousseau JDX - reasonably priced, smart design, and well made.
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    I've had the Aura for about a month now, and I really like it. I had been playing a Yamaha 5c, so this is quite a jump in the tip opening. Plays easily, and the more I play it, the more I like it. Not reed picky, tried different reeds on it, and they all played well. I really liked the way the Fibracell plays on it. I think it's a good deal, at least it is for me. Everyone is different, but I think this is a very nice mouthpiece, especially for the low price. I liked it enough to get one for my alto, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizarday View Post
    I don't know if it's THAT cheap, but Lebayle offers some pretty good pieces at relatively low prices.
    Considering that Fred Lebayle is quite famous for taking the money and never send tha mouthpiece I would only buy in a shop or used.
    I had a bunch of them: they were way to prone to squeeking...

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    Just a quick update on my tenor mouthpiece collection. My definition of inexpensive mouthpieces is $75 or less. My latest addition is the Brilhart Ebolin 4. I also got a Ebolin 4 for my alto as well. I have the Yamaha 5C and Bari Esprit between two tenors. My question is should I get a Hite Premiere for the Tenor as well? Is the Hite Premiere the same on alto and tenor or is one better than the other?

    I will never be good enough to justify anything beyond a Vandoren V16.

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    Brilhart Ebo 4 Tenor is around .077 tip... Yamaha 5C is around .072.

    Hite Premier Tenor is .085 I believe. So it will be significantly more open than what you have now, I think

    (Not sure what the Esprit opening is, though....)

    Let me ask you...sonicallly, of the 3 Tenor pieces you have (Brilhart, Yama, Esprit)..which sounds the brightest, which sounds the darkest ? Are any very close to each other in the tone they produce on your horn ?
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