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by cuber
(653 posts)
7 years ago

The Martin Alto setup

i just got a The Martin Alto,

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  1. by MartinAlto08
    (1 post)

    7 years ago

    Re: The Martin Alto setup

    I also recently purchased a 1948 Martin alto. Beautiful horn. Origional lacquer, case, mouthpiece. All in amazing condition. I'm very interested in the general opinion of a mouthpiece that would compliment the horns darker sound. Any pointers?? I'm still a student and am willing to learn.

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  2. by newreedsyndrome
    (343 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: The Martin Alto setup

    Dont use a modern mouthpiece on a vintage horn, especially if its a modern Dukoff, in which case you shouldnt use it on anything. If you can afford it, maybe an old meyer, but if not, a Morgan would be a good choice. Those go well with older horns.

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    1. by cuber
      (653 posts)

      7 years ago

      Re: The Martin Alto setup

      I have played a "new york" meyer, and ill be the first to say its a good mouthpiece, i find it hard to dish out 600 george washingtons for it. i got to thinking about a metal otto link, even though that does break the "never put a vintage horn with a modern mouthpiece" rule. I played a rubber link on a new wonder for a while, and it worked well

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      1. by newreedsyndrome
        (343 posts)

        7 years ago

        Re: The Martin Alto setup

        Yea, old Meyers are pricey. Maybe a rubber link? The most important part is that the mpc has a real open chamber, as that is what old horns are built to go along with. Check out Morgans, though.

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        1. by cuber
          (653 posts)

          7 years ago

          Re: The Martin Alto setup

          ill check out a morgan, i have a rubber link, lacked punch. its kinda closed though, ill try a more open one

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