Re: Claude Lakey Mouthpiece for Jazz?
I got a new Lakey for my alto recently (had an old one- I was very fond of it but it disappeared). It was OK on my mk. VI but on my Conn 6M it would burn the hair off the audience to 50 paces. High baffle and small chamber...that's what it'll do. After lots of mods, its a really great piece. For a "Zooty" tone, maybe a Meyer, Gregory, (an old Lakey, of course) or if you're on a budget, a Rico Graftonite - a cool cheap alternative. Go to a music store where you can try some different brands and facings if you can. It's worth paying more to find exactly what you're looking for. Take along some reeds of various strength, keeping in mind a more open tip takes a softer reed.