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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracers View Post
    Here's the new one:
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    Thanks Tracers, I'll give that one a try.
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    OK, last night I tried the address Tracers provided (someone else had sent it to me privately) and I received an answer to Mr. Houlik today. Thanks all!
    FS: Many Alto Saxophone Mouthpieces

    FS: Tenor Mouthpieces

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    Default Re: James Houlik Mouthpieces

    ... and he said "No"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    ... and he said "No"?
    Pretty much. That's a step up from being ignored
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    Ratz. I was hoping that you would be able to get one - preferably in a size that I prefer so when you sell it, I would be first in line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    Ratz. I was hoping that you would be able to get one - preferably in a size that I prefer so when you sell it, I would be first in line.
    In truth, he was extremely accommodating. But I'm getting the tenor in the standard facing.
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    FS: Tenor Mouthpieces

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    Sonny Rollins: Everything — but in no particular order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitownjazz View Post
    In truth, he was extremely accommodating. But I'm getting the tenor in the standard facing.

    Looking forward to your review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chitownjazz View Post
    In truth, he was extremely accommodating. But I'm getting the tenor in the standard facing.
    You're right, Chi', I just got an e-mail from him and am expecting my new "Houlik" in the mail as well! He does cite that there exists only one "standard" facing but is quite willing - eager, perhaps - to select a mouthpiece for my preference of response and color (bright vs dark). FWIW, I asked for "free blowing" and "modererate" for color since I tend to play to the bright side of a 'piece and want something that will be vibrant but not piercing.
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    Got it! It's here! Now if the weather will be gentle enough to let me play at lunchtime, I'll be a happy man. First impressions are - 1) sweet smell of freshly finished good hard rubber and 2) very clean finish work on table, rails, and tip.

    Thanks to everyone for facilitating this find.

    P.S. To anyone else that has one of these: Does your mouthpiece have any "markings" on it (other than the logo)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    Got it! It's here! Now if the weather will be gentle enough to let me play at lunchtime, I'll be a happy man. First impressions are - 1) sweet smell of freshly finished good hard rubber and 2) very clean finish work on table, rails, and tip.

    Thanks to everyone for facilitating this find.

    P.S. To anyone else that has one of these: Does your mouthpiece have any "markings" on it (other than the logo)?
    Looking forward to your review, Dr G!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr G View Post
    Got it! It's here! Now if the weather will be gentle enough to let me play at lunchtime, I'll be a happy man. First impressions are - 1) sweet smell of freshly finished good hard rubber and 2) very clean finish work on table, rails, and tip.

    Thanks to everyone for facilitating this find.

    P.S. To anyone else that has one of these: Does your mouthpiece have any "markings" on it (other than the logo)?
    Mine has a little "O" next to the table.
    Current setups:
    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist D, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YAS-875EXS, Selmer Air Flow C*, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Selmer Air Flow C*, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
    Kessler Solist Bari, Selmer Air Flow C*, BG Tradition lig, Vandoren 3

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    Pictures, Dr G - we need pictures!

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    I got mine in the mail on Monday. Its pretty free blowing even with the 3.5 I play tested it on. Decent dynamic range on it. surprisingly not much spread (I was expecting some). Tone is good too me it seems to miss some complexities that some other pieces I've played on have but it is very rich in lower fundamental harmonics.

    Overall Rating: 8.6

    As of right now I like it but I am not entirely sure if its what I'm looking for. Some of my friends are testing it and they may want one themselves. I happen to be trying to to to more of a french sound recently compared to the racher style I have been using.

    On a side note my does a marking. The letter "N" on the right side of the facing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlscnr View Post
    Pictures, Dr G - we need pictures!
    Absolutely - I am going to send a set to Mouthpiece Museum in a comparo of my Morgan/Zentera 3C/.088, Houlik-Bilger, and (new) Houlik.

    I also need to submit documentation of my Bari sop piece modified and INITIALED by Jon Van Wie (just to quiet the naysayers that claim that Jon NEVER marked his work for anyone).
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    Mine, too, has an "N". Hmmm, what's the code???
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    Mine's an "N". Normal and Open?
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    FS: Tenor Mouthpieces

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    He told me "O" was "original" facing. Perhaps "N" is for new.
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    I'm betting they are denoting the Oliver Negrin facing :-)

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    I think it was supposed to be an "M" for "Modified", but someone at Babbitt changed it to "N". I know that the "O" stands for "Original". Not 100% sure about the "N".
    Current setups:
    Yamaha YSS-875EX, Selmer Soloist D, Ishimori lig,Hemke 3.5
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    Yamaha YTS-875EX, Selmer Air Flow C*, Ishimori lig, Hemke 3.5
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    So they compare pretty closely to the Morgan 3C?
    How much brighter are they? I've been pretty unsuccessful in trying to find a second hand Morgan as they are pretty damn expensive from junkdude. Does anyone know what the alto tip opening is?
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