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by danman9113
(19 posts)
6 years ago

Brilhart Tonalin

I was wondering if anyone can

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  1. by chalazon
    (547 posts)

    6 years ago

    Re: Brilhart Tonalin

    I,ve come across a few of these pieces over the years...the #2 and #3 has to do with tip openings..the #3 being more open..I don't have the specs handy..I believe they're considered to be somewhat of a student piece, tho' I could be wrong..Maceo Parker uses a tonalin..I tried one, and I did not manage to sound like Maceo..I sounded like me playing a tonalin..shucks!

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    1. by Tranesyadaddy
      (279 posts)

      6 years ago

      Re: Brilhart Tonalin

      Some of the prices good ones have been fetching on eBay recently leads me to believe pros are playing them too. it probably has a little to do with the fact that Bird played one, which is cool cos that's why I want to try one.

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      1. by Tranesyadaddy
        (279 posts)

        6 years ago

        Re: Brilhart Tonalin

        I did read somewhere Bird played a #3.

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        1. by chalazon
          (547 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: Brilhart Tonalin

          I stand corrected..I was thinking of the more recent Brilharts I forget what they're called..I think the old tonalins were considered pro..I once saw a photo of a young Stan Getz with a tonalin on his tenor

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        2. by Tranesyadaddy
          (279 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: Brilhart Tonalin

          You're right about the more recent Brilharts. all I know is the later ones lack the individual serial number and don't have a very good reputation.

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      2. by sax_maniac
        (984 posts)

        6 years ago

        Re: Brilhart Tonalin

        Original Tonalins have very short facings to them, so they have a rather different feel compared to most other mouthpieces. The material is also extremely brittle and damages easily. Beware.

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        1. by Tranesyadaddy
          (279 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: Brilhart Tonalin

          Old bergs can be brittle too. I had one that broke into a thousand pieces when I threw it at the piano. :-(

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