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    Default Re: Introducing: The brand new 10MFAN "BLACK WIDOW" tenor mouthpiece!

    Thank you very much! I'm so glad you have all three of those pieces now. Thank you for your great review.
    The pieces are extremely reed friendly and I'm glad you've had great success with the reeds that you have tried.

    Thank you so much for sharing and enjoy your new mouthpiece!
    All the best, Mark






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    Default Re: Introducing: The brand new 10MFAN "BLACK WIDOW" tenor mouthpiece!

    Here are a bunch of the audios and videos so you can hear them back to back, and hear just how incredibly versatile a mouthpiece this is. I will post this on every new page of this posting so people can hear the updated audios and videos as they come in.


    ERIC SPAULDING SHOWING THE ALL-AROUND FLEXIBILITY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzyaeYGznp8


    GREG HAWKINS: HALLELUJAH ( THE CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL SIDE)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeY-p_n2zjg


    GREG HAWKINS---LONG TRAIN (SHOWING THE POWERFUL RAUNCHIER SIDE)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ron8bvWt81Y


    10MFAN PRESENTS--—“THE NEARNESS OF YOU”-----BALLAD
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPmcC7lgSjg


    ERIC SPAULDING---HUGE STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ SOUND---CHEESECAKE (DEXTER GORDON), AND MORE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsLkvDvIQl4


    10FAN PRESENTS BLACK WIDOW——GOT ALTISSIMO???
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI9nVh2G_XM


    GREG HAWKINS: SOULFUL SAX BALLAD "IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME BY NOW"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43JAzy0FL_0


    10MFAN PRESENTS “WHAT IS HIP”—TOWER OF POWER FUNKIER SIDE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hilZ5Gk46kY


    GREG HAWKINS: SMOOTH OPERATOR—THE POP/SMOOTH SIDE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pd6Gjq-kVA


    IVAN RENTA— solo STRAIGHT AHEAD sax raw onto the iPhone
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zTBp4TiYA8


    GREG HAWKINS: BEATLES---"COME TOGETHER":
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ETS7V-e9bQw

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    Default Re: Introducing: The brand new 10MFAN "BLACK WIDOW" tenor mouthpiece!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bflat Sax View Post
    I own both the Merlot and the Robusto. The 7* Black Widow is the best of both of these....and more. It can play fat, dark and lush but still have the ability to get bright without thinning out. It is the true one arrow in the quiver.
    I'm on the opposite side of you, Bflat Sax and own a Robusto and a Boss (both in metal, both 7*). Funny, however, that I share your exact thoughts - the Widow (mine is a 7*) is the best of both worlds here! While Mark's two other pieces are undoubtedly fun to play, I had trouble "connecting" with them. I liked them enough to hang on to them, but I had to work pretty hard to either dial it up (with the Robusto) or dial it back (with the Boss), which is why I've always went back to my regular piece (that I've played on for years now). The Widow on the other hand, has a sound/response that I immediately connected with!

    I've played out a few gigs/rehearsals with this piece in a corporate band (weddings/events), open jams, and a jazz quartet (standards at a cafe). It can hang in any of those situations which is the EXACT reason I was so very interested in this piece when Mark announced it. It really delivers (in my humble opinion)! The corporate band is the most diverse of the music - for some of the rock stuff (with the corporate band) I can get nice clean altissimo and crisp articulation along with the horn section as well as get an ok straight ahead sound for a slow wedding dance number or even standards on cocktail hour; in the open jams I can push on this piece and it'll put out some decent volume/projection that can compete with loud electric instruments; it definitely has a nuanced side that makes it appropriate for a straight ahead jazz setting. I do, however, feel it's more on the hot side than the sweet side, so while "appropriate" I think my "regular" piece will reign in that territory, since I prefer how it sounds in those settings (of course I'll still experiment a bit since that's part of the fun!).

    This piece is quite nice and I'd recommend it to a player who is shuffling various musical styles. I'm typically a metal mouthpiece player, and while the bite is less closed, it's still comfortable. I feel 10x more in control of this piece than The Boss and don't have to work nearly as hard to shape my sound when compared with the Robusto. Thanks Mark & Erik for such a beautiful product! It's definitely going in my gig bag!
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    Default Re: Introducing: The brand new 10MFAN "BLACK WIDOW" tenor mouthpiece!

    Hi,
    Thank you so much for your feedback!
    I am so glad you're loving this mouthpiece! It was designed to be warm and bright and lush and edgy and punchy whenever you want to pull those qualities out from the piece. It's got immense flexibility. It can be played warm but I wouldn't describe it as sweet. I would say its full sounding and super versatile.

    Since you brought up my metal mpc's, we have had other people express excellent feedback to me since they were released and we are making some changes which I am very excited about!!!!!
    Many people love the metals as they are and some don't like the metals as much as their hard rubber versions.
    We are adjusting the metals as we speak so that they will play exactly like the hard rubber's.
    This will excite many players who have bought the Robusto or Merlot in particular in the past in metal, and didn't like them as much as the hard rubber versions because they didn't find they had the same punch as the hard rubbers have.
    We have a new person working on the technical end of things at the shop in Texas, and he is absolutely fantastic. We realized that the windows were a little longer on the Robusto and Merlot metals compared to their hard rubber versions. That will soon be adjusted.
    Dave, I bet you would go crazy for the hard rubber Robusto too. Now the guys who bought a Robusto or Merlot metal but prefer their hard rubber version, can get the Merlot and Robusto metals once we update those, and they will get that same vibe. It will be a couple months for that.
    The other thing that we are doing with those metals and also The Boss metal, is that I am going to adjust the body diameter so that it will fit a Rico H ligature and so many more ligatures much easier.
    These are important things to be open to adjusting as time goes on, and feedback comes in. I have had really great feedback from clients asking for these changes and we are going ahead with those. THANK YOU FOR THE FEEDBACK!!!!!
    I will be including a Rico H ligature and cap with those metal pieces in a few months.

    As for the Black Widow, I am so glad that everyone is having such a great time with it. It is a blast to play just like the Merlot and Robusto hard rubber's. I have one more tenor mouthpiece coming out in a couple of months and then we are on to the altos! Lots of great stuff going on here.

    Thank you for all your feedback, because I listen and look forward to the changes you have asked for with the metals. The hard rubbers will stay just as they are.

    All the best, Mark

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    Default Re: Introducing: The brand new 10MFAN "BLACK WIDOW" tenor mouthpiece!

    Metal BW?
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    Default Re: Introducing: The brand new 10MFAN "BLACK WIDOW" tenor mouthpiece!

    Not sure yet, Jack. Thinking about it. I'm going to see how the hr's do for a few months. So far, they're a huge hit, but I will post if I decide to go with metals on this one too.
    Thanks and hope you are well.

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    Default Re: Introducing: The brand new 10MFAN "BLACK WIDOW" tenor mouthpiece!

    Great email to wake up to today:



    "Hi,
    I’ve played 3 gigs with the mouthpiece; a blues/funk gig, a wedding and a jazz gig.
    The mouthpiece is very versatile; adapts to all styles. My altissimo has improved significantly; tone, control, range.
    It is the best mouthpiece I ever played and the only one I want to play. The only problem is that I don’t have one for my alto"....

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