Re: Opinions On a New Mouthpiece
JD- In my opinion, although I own a Barone New York 7 for tenor, you should not buy either mouthpiece blind, although both are top notch. Sometimes you can playtest pieces mailed to you - for a small re-stocking fee + postage - if you use a toothguard. But wouldn't it be better to playtest in an accomodating music store, if possible? If there are none in your area, I still wouldn't spend big bucks on a mouthpiece you might not play more than a half hour. If you insist on one of these, go for the rubber piece - more suitable to the alto sax I feel.
Think about this - Jody Espina might give you advice via email as might Phil Barone. Don't lie to them about your age and capabilities. Patrick Springer at springermpc.com makes excellent hand-finished mouthpieces for far less than Jody or Barone, as does Ralph Morgan, available at junkdude.com and elsewhere. Fred Rast makes a wonderful hand finished mouthpiece for about $250 or so, if I recall. (Mr.Springer replied quickly to me on a question as to which piece would suit me the best). Take your time and don't be in a hurry to waste money -- This advice comes from an old guy that has wasted money similarly. Good Luck.