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by SaxNoob
(19 posts)
8 years ago

Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

Can i use Meyer 5M for Jazz Band? or what. im looking for a good alto mouthpiece. please help me

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  1. by Radjammin
    (255 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

    What else is a Meyer 5M for? The answer to yes.

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  2. by swingstreet
    (315 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

    One of the best mouthpieces for jazz, period.

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    1. by Christian Anderson
      (73 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

      great piece, 4/5 play on it at my school.

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  3. by newreedsyndrome
    (343 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

    A Meyer 5m would be a great choice for a jazz band mpc. Also, if it's a school Jazz band and your band teacher tells you to get a C* (a lot of school band teachers tell kids to) DONT! A Meyer can serve as a fine legit mpc with LaVoz or Hemke.

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    1. by martysax
      (148 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

      The Meyer 5M is the trusty standard for Jazz Band. For over 30 years I've played mine for everything from Bop to Fusion to Blues and back again. I once auditioned for the Mass Youth Wind Ensemble at the Boston Conservatory with my Meyer 5. I'll never forget the "you've got to get a Selmer C*" demand by the Orchestra auditioner. He liked my playing but my sound was too bright. He asked me to return with the C* for a second audition. I bought a new S80 C* and hated it immediately. That was a defining moment in my musical development. I still look at that C* mouthpiece in my sax case. I kept it in the original box since 1978. It is tinged with the red dust that used to be a faux-felt lining of the box.

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      1. by Stiles B
        (101 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

        Then it has been approved--Meyer 5's (mine's a 5ms) are hearby declared "Good For Jazz Band" Alternately, will it be necessary for the jazz posters to decide if "C*'s" suck"? Awaiting the results of the jury.........

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        1. by definition
          (963 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          C*?? Im not particularly trilled by them anyway, but PLEASE them out of the jazz band

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        2. by saxmachine777
          (57 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          I think the C* is a wonderful mouthpiece for that which it was created. You can produce a wonderfully rich, warm, and dark tone for classical playing that has a subtle but present character--all virtues of finer things such as a fine wine or scotch, chocolate, or cigar (just trying to give some credit where credit's due here)--but it isn't a mouthpiece for everyone. It has a hard place to find in jazz because there are so many mouthpieces that offer more extreme pitch-based and/or tonal control and that provide the sonic capabilities for jazz ensembles and settings. I love my Otto Link STM 7*. It is probably my favorite mouthpiece, and it gives me the attributes that I listen for in a mouthpiece. Opinions abound, though. After all, what is essential is that the player feels what he or she wants to feel and hears what he or she wants to hear.

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        3. by Donnie The B
          (282 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Guys - listen to the saxmachine! I've been playing for 44 years - the first 20 or so with a hard rubber Selmer Soloist C*. I had a big dance band, played in rock bands, small jazz groups and even subbed in a country band, of all things. While in school, I played in an orchestra. When required to be polite, my C* was as polite as my jazz head could get. And when called on to be nasty - the C* growled and wailed. Now I admit, since I have an F tip Soloist and a Barone 7* metal piece, there's no way I put the C* on much anymore. But if I forgot and left the others at home, the C* Soloist would still work!! The same piece in the hands of my daughter only seemed to have one voice. I really think the player makes a lot of difference. (Can't speak to the newer Selmer pieces for sure). - - - Later.

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        4. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Well, sure, the soloists can be great (I use one for classical playing on tenor), but I meant the modern, square-chamber C*'s. They sound pretty good, but it is too easy to sound that way on them, and if you are a pro, or even an advanced student, that's fine, but I have seen students who play on them develop bad habits that made it hard for them to adjust to any other mouthpiece, or progress their sound past a certain point (not always; I'm not making a blanket statement, but it DOES happen sometimes).

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        5. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Well, sure, the soloists can be great (I use one for classical playing on tenor), but I meant the modern, square-chamber C*'s. They sound pretty good, but it is too easy to sound that way on them, and if you are a pro, or even an advanced student, that's fine, but I have seen students who play on them develop bad habits that made it hard for them to adjust to any other mouthpiece, or progress their sound past a certain point (not always; I'm not making a blanket statement, but it DOES happen sometimes).

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        6. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Well, sure, the soloists can be great (I use one for classical playing on tenor), but I meant the modern, square-chamber C*'s. They sound pretty good, but it is too easy to sound that way on them, and if you are a pro, or even an advanced student, that's fine, but I have seen students who play on them develop bad habits that made it hard for them to adjust to any other mouthpiece, or progress their sound past a certain point (not always; I'm not making a blanket statement, but it DOES happen sometimes).

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        7. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Well, sure, the soloists can be great (I use one for classical playing on tenor), but I meant the modern, square-chamber C*'s. They sound pretty good, but it is too easy to sound that way on them, and if you are a pro, or even an advanced student, that's fine, but I have seen students who play on them develop bad habits that made it hard for them to adjust to any other mouthpiece, or progress their sound past a certain point (not always; I'm not making a blanket statement, but it DOES happen sometimes).

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        8. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Well, sure, the soloists can be great (I use one for classical playing on tenor), but I meant the modern, square-chamber C*'s. They sound pretty good, but it is too easy to sound that way on them, and if you are a pro, or even an advanced student, that's fine, but I have seen students who play on them develop bad habits that made it hard for them to adjust to any other mouthpiece, or progress their sound past a certain point (not always; I'm not making a blanket statement, but it DOES happen sometimes).

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        9. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Well, sure, the soloists can be great (I use one for classical playing on tenor), but I meant the modern, square-chamber C*'s. They sound pretty good, but it is too easy to sound that way on them, and if you are a pro, or even an advanced student, that's fine, but I have seen students who play on them develop bad habits that made it hard for them to adjust to any other mouthpiece, or progress their sound past a certain point (not always; I'm not making a blanket statement, but it DOES happen sometimes).

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        10. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Well, sure, the soloists can be great (I use one for classical playing on tenor), but I meant the modern, square-chamber C*'s. They sound pretty good, but it is too easy to sound that way on them, and if you are a pro, or even an advanced student, that's fine, but I have seen students who play on them develop bad habits that made it hard for them to adjust to any other mouthpiece, or progress their sound past a certain point (not always; I'm not making a blanket statement, but it DOES happen sometimes).

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        11. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Well, sure, the soloists can be great (I use one for classical playing on tenor), but I meant the modern, square-chamber C*'s. They sound pretty good, but it is too easy to sound that way on them, and if you are a pro, or even an advanced student, that's fine, but I have seen students who play on them develop bad habits that made it hard for them to adjust to any other mouthpiece, or progress their sound past a certain point (not always; I'm not making a blanket statement, but it DOES happen sometimes).

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        12. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Sorry that got posted so many times. I don't know how that happened.

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        13. by CountSpatula
          (602 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Little spastic on the Post button, huh? :-)

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        14. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          No, I just hit it once! Really! but my keyboard is kind of old...

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        15. by newreedsyndrome
          (343 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          No, I just hit it once! Really! but my keyboard is kind of old...

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        16. by nicocarrre
          (2 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Thanks guys i was recommended to get a 5m while i played my C* for jazz and so far the reviews are great! what are the best reeds or recommended reeds for this mpc?

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        17. by nicocarrre
          (2 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          Thanks guys i was recommended to get a 5m while i played my C* for jazz and so far the reviews are great! what are the best reeds or recommended reeds for this mpc?

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        18. by edoney
          (20 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: Meyer 5 for Jazzband??

          I played LaVoz mediums on my Alto 5M for years then switched to Vandoren Javas (3 or 31/2). Lately I'm using Alexander DC (3 or 31/2) with an Optimum ligature.

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