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    Just thought I'd let everyone know about this...Professor Houlik has his mouthpieces ready for sale. I got one from him a few weeks ago, and it's awesome. (Which is why my signature has said "Top Secret Mouthpiece".) It's fairly free-blowing and nice and dark at the same time. The facing is excellent - a bit more open than a typical classical tenor piece, but still very controllable. He's trying each one that he sells and is trying to match the piece to the player. He's also very nice to deal with and the pieces are reasonably priced. You need to contact him via his website to get one...I'm not sure that he has retail channels set up yet.

    If you play any classical tenor, you need to try one of these. (I think he has pieces for the other horns too.)
    Current setups:
    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist C**, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YAS-875EXS, Rousseau RC4 (refaced by Brian Powell), Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Rousseau NC4, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
    Kessler Solist Bari, Rousseau NC4, BG Tradition lig, Hemke 3.5

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    Tip openings?
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    The one I have is a .085. I think that different ones can be arranged though...you'll need to ask him.
    Current setups:
    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist C**, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YAS-875EXS, Rousseau RC4 (refaced by Brian Powell), Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Rousseau NC4, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
    Kessler Solist Bari, Rousseau NC4, BG Tradition lig, Hemke 3.5

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    How much do they cost? Are they geared towards a certain classical playing style?
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    Jmax - what is the contact info?

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    Default Re: James Houlik Mouthpieces

    Go to his website:

    www.jameshoulik.com


    E-mail him from there.


    As far as a "certain style of playing" goes, I think that they're a lot like the Morgans in that they are very flexible pieces.
    Current setups:
    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist C**, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YAS-875EXS, Rousseau RC4 (refaced by Brian Powell), Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Rousseau NC4, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
    Kessler Solist Bari, Rousseau NC4, BG Tradition lig, Hemke 3.5

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    Is the design similar to the morgan C? Are they copies of his mouthpiece? (just wondering, I don't have a tenor so...)
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    They are not copies of the Morgan C, but they have some similarities. They also share some characteristics with the Bilger and Caravan pieces, but they're really their own beast. Dark while still remaining fairly free-blowing.

    I think that he has SATB pieces too, but I was only interested in the tenor piece.
    Current setups:
    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist C**, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YAS-875EXS, Rousseau RC4 (refaced by Brian Powell), Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Rousseau NC4, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
    Kessler Solist Bari, Rousseau NC4, BG Tradition lig, Hemke 3.5

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    Thanks. I don't really play much classical except in lessons, but I figured others would like the info. It would be nice to try out though. Maybe my instructor will buy one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinman
    Thanks. I don't really play much classical except in lessons, but I figured others would like the info. It would be nice to try out though. Maybe my instructor will buy one.
    Isn't Steve P. your instructor?
    Current setups:
    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist C**, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YAS-875EXS, Rousseau RC4 (refaced by Brian Powell), Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Rousseau NC4, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
    Kessler Solist Bari, Rousseau NC4, BG Tradition lig, Hemke 3.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Max
    Isn't Steve P. your instructor?

    Yes. If he sees this maybe he will go for one...
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    I played one of these pieces about a month ago when a friend of mine got one from Houlik. They are definitely good pieces and should be looked into if you are looking for a classical piece. I found it to be similar to my Caravan though slightly more open with a bit of a baffle. It was a bit brighter but I liked the tone. The response and altissimo were good as well. It was a really good piece but I like my Caravan better.

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    Default Re: James Houlik Mouthpieces

    Whats the price look on these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BariSaxzinger
    Whats the price look on these?
    I think they are in the $100 area.

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    Default Re: James Houlik Mouthpieces

    That might be worth the investment. Thanks Chris!

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    Default Re: James Houlik Mouthpieces

    Has anyone compared these to the Houlik-Bilger pieces? How does the intonation compare?

    How does the Houlik model compare to the Morgan 6C?

    Hard rubber, plastic, resin???
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    Where can I get one to try? Are they available at the usual outlets, or should I contact Mr. Houlik directly?
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    They are hard rubber, slightly brighter than the Morgan C models. I have never tried a Bilger-Houlik piece, so I have no idea on that one. Probably very similar though, since Professor Houlik told me via e-mail that this was a project that he had been working on with the late Mr. Bilger. Intonation is very good...no problems there.

    The facing on mine is probably a bit small to make it an effective jazz piece, but then again, I don't think that's the intent. He also has one with a "modified" facing for those who want something a bit closer.

    Oh, and he charged me $105 for mine...
    Current setups:
    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist C**, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YAS-875EXS, Rousseau RC4 (refaced by Brian Powell), Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Rousseau NC4, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
    Kessler Solist Bari, Rousseau NC4, BG Tradition lig, Hemke 3.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsteuart
    Where can I get one to try? Are they available at the usual outlets, or should I contact Mr. Houlik directly?
    You need to contact Mr. Houlik directly.
    Current setups:
    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist C**, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YAS-875EXS, Rousseau RC4 (refaced by Brian Powell), Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Rousseau NC4, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
    Kessler Solist Bari, Rousseau NC4, BG Tradition lig, Hemke 3.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Max
    They are hard rubber, slightly brighter than the Morgan C models. I have never tried a Bilger-Houlik piece, so I have no idea on that one. Probably very similar though, since Professor Houlik told me via e-mail that this was a project that he had been working on with the late Mr. Bilger. Intonation is very good...no problems there.

    The facing on mine is probably a bit small to make it an effective jazz piece, but then again, I don't think that's the intent. He also has one with a "modified" facing for those who want something a bit closer.
    Thank you for the response.

    Regarding being an effective jazz piece - after playing modified Morgan 3Cs for the last 7 years or so, I have found that I can fill a large space quite effectively and the tip opening allows plenty of room for expression.
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