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    No, the tenor tip opening should compare more favorably with the Morgan 6C.

    What alto tip opening are you talking about?
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    The one I have has a bigger tip opening than the Morgan 3C; it would be around a 6C. I don't think that it's that much brighter than the 3C, but it does seem to project a lot better. (This might have something to do with the fact that you can put more air through the larger tip, though.) I don't have one of the alto pieces so I can't comment too much on those, but I would suspect that it will be a similar facing to the Bilger Gold, if you're familiar with those. (If you aren't, it's a fairly long facing with a close tip.) Someone should correct me if they actually have one in hand.
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    Default Re: James Houlik Mouthpieces

    So as far as classical mouthpieces go, they are still dark when compared to others like Vandorens or Selmers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twombles62 View Post
    So as far as classical mouthpieces go, they are still dark when compared to others like Vandorens or Selmers?

    Yes. Those are French style pieces - I'd put this one as a "tweener".
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    What email should I be using to contact him? I emailed jhoulik@connecttime.net and aerophon@connecttime.net and got no answer from either.
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    Right now he's between concerto dates and wrapping up the semester as Chair of Woodwinds at Duquesne. A lot on the plate. Wait a week and send him another email.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel View Post
    Right now he's between concerto dates and wrapping up the semester as Chair of Woodwinds at Duquesne. A lot on the plate. Wait a week and send him another email.

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    Some of my other colleagues have tried mine out and love how it makes them sound. I still not entirely sure if its whats for me though, I'm still thinking after 3 weeks of getting it. However if I don't want to keep it I already have 3 possible buyers that are going to buy one even if I still have it. I do still say its in my top 4 classical mouthpieces for Tenor sax.

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    This is a little frustrating. I know the man must be busy but i've never had such trouble buying a mouthpiece. Any more reviews? I can't afford a Morgan ($250) so I'm hoping this will be a poor man's classical morgan
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    Default Re: James Houlik Mouthpieces

    To balance out the thread...

    I emailed Mr. Houlik regarding his mouthpiece and received a prompt and generously detailed reply.

    He did mention two things that might be of interest:

    1) He is doing a lot of touring at present
    2) He is planning to have an online shopping cart w/paypal payment at some point

    I don't believe he's trying to ignore anyone and I do think he realizes that in order to ramp up a business of any scale he will need a process that doesn't depend on individual contact with him. Just keep in mind... he's primarily a performer, not a music store owner.

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    Lets not forget, he is a performer first. He tours and does clinics. This is traditionally where he has sold his mouth pieces in the past. He has not advertised these for sell yet! It is US on SOTW that are ahead of the official release date.

    He will have help in the future when the mouthpieces are ready in mass. Right now they are made in very small lots.
    There will be an online store to purchase/order.
    There will be someone to assist you.

    But, lets not forget, right now this is one man who tours the world, teaches a 25 member studio, runs and entire university woodwind program, hires faculty, has several summer camps to work, clinics and master classes.

    Of course we are not getting fast responses from him. The product has not been officially released and the "company" is just gearing up/forming.

    So, be patient and it will all come together in time. He is a nice guy and loves your enthusiasm, but we arrived at his door a bit early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srcsax View Post
    Lets not forget, he is a performer first. He tours and does clinics. This is traditionally where he has sold his mouth pieces in the past. He has not advertised these for sell yet! It is US on SOTW that are ahead of the official release date.

    He will have help in the future when the mouthpieces are ready in mass. Right now they are made in very small lots.
    There will be an online store to purchase/order.
    There will be someone to assist you.

    But, lets not forget, right now this is one man who tours the world, teaches a 25 member studio, runs and entire university woodwind program, hires faculty, has several summer camps to work, clinics and master classes.

    Of course we are not getting fast responses from him. The product has not been officially released and the "company" is just gearing up/forming.

    So, be patient and it will all come together in time. He is a nice guy and loves your enthusiasm, but we arrived at his door a bit early.
    Well said. I think he's pretty surprised at the "pre-sales".
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    I hope my comment wasn't taken negatively. It was for all the reasons srcsax mentions that I suggested he outsource the fulfillment part of his business to a junkdude type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twombles62 View Post
    This is a little frustrating. I know the man must be busy but i've never had such trouble buying a mouthpiece. Any more reviews? I can't afford a Morgan ($250) so I'm hoping this will be a poor man's classical morgan
    It's your choice - wait for a Houlik or pay more (and wait) for a Morgan. There are other choices out there as well. It's not like anyone is keeping you from playing.

    FWIW, my Houlik mouthpiece shall not see the marketplace any time soon. It is excellent. I shall also not be so foolish to put my Morgan up either.
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    I didn't take anything negatively. Constructive criticism always improves things.

    I am curious if the new pieces play any different than the older ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srcsax View Post
    I didn't take anything negatively. Constructive criticism always improves things.

    I am curious if the new pieces play any different than the older ones.
    I need to dedicate a new box of reeds to the testing but first cut seems to indicate better intonation in the upper range than the Bilger-Houlik pieces. Perhaps a lil' more chamber volume?

    I just shot a collection of photos for Mouthpiece Museum with all three mouthpieces side-by-side (Houlik, Bilger-Houlik, Morgan w/ Zentera reface).

    Even with older DC3s (broken in and played on the Morgan), the new Houlik 'piece just sings - clear, responsive, not too bright, certainly not dark...

    "This one is just right" - Goldilocks

    Just between you, me, and the world, I think Houlik could double the price and I'd still call it a great value.
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    Can someone help me out? I got a response for the original email and the Prof told me to send a cheque in the mail. I don't know what the tip opening is, or even the price! So, has anyone got an alto piece from him?
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    When you send your check, describe the qualities of an alto mouthpiece that you prefer. His alto mpcs are just as variable, it seems, as his tenor mpcs.

    BTW, this weekend, he is out in New Mexico performing the Concerto by Eric Ewazen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twombles62 View Post
    Can someone help me out? I got a response for the original email and the Prof told me to send a cheque in the mail. I don't know what the tip opening is, or even the price! So, has anyone got an alto piece from him?
    Seems like you need to SLOW DOWN and have the discussion with Prof. Houlik. This type of raw approach is likely to have the kind professor rethink whether to sell to the public (rather than, for instance, limit sales to students only).
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