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by xBabysaxgirLx
(13 posts)
10 years ago

Set up Help

Hey everybody, I just bought a new YTS-475, which I will be using for concert and jazz band. Anyway, I was hoping you could give me some advice as to what the best legit mouthpiece and ligature for me would be, and also the best jazz mouthpiece/lig. I'm just looking for something that can give me a great sound for classical music, and something for jazz music, too...Thanks!

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  1. by tenor562
    (297 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: Set up Help

    For classical I like the Selmer Larry Teal. It's a pretty good mouthpiece, and works well with regular vandorens. I put it on a YTS62II.

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    1. by connsaxman_jim
      (2336 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: Set up Help

      The Larry Teals are a great mouthpiece for classical, but they are a little pricey. I would also consider a Brilhart Ebolin. You should be able to get a Brilhart for around $50 for tenor. As for jazz, I'd try an Otto Link metal (Super Tone Master). The tenor model sells for around $120. I think www.giardinelli.com had them for $109

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      1. by tenor562
        (297 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: Set up Help

        I'd agree with Jim, Selmer overprices way too much, although they're good pieces. Brilharts are around 37 dollars new, and the vintage ones are a lot higher. I'd also look into a Vandoren V5, it's a little more, but worth a look at. -tenor562

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        1. by phathorn
          (165 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Set up Help

          The Vandorens are nice for tenor...you might also find a Morgan that would do the trick

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        2. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Set up Help

          The stock Yamaha piece is probably good for classical.

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        3. by tenor562
          (297 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Set up Help

          The stock yamaha is ok, but lacks a lot of evenness throughout the scale, maybe its just me. I do use it for marching and other things, and it's a really good piece for the money. You can get one for around 20 dollars, and they're great mouthpieces.

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        4. by YanagisawA-901
          (312 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Set up Help

          this may go against what everyone on this board thinks.. but i found the selmer S80 C* to be pretty versitile.. as long as ur not playing lead in jazz.. it suits jazz well with the right reed/lig setup.. i used it for legit and everyone in my section does.. it allows for a centered tone and oppertunities to play with what tone u really want.. for jazz, like i sed, its not a good lead jazz piece.. mainly because it lacks projection and edge.. but if ur a 2nd alto in jazz, or maybe even just in a small combo it may work.. itll suit u in both..

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        5. by connsaxman_jim
          (2336 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: Set up Help

          Definately not a Selmer S80C*. Your stock Yamaha piece is better than the Selmer. Those pieces, especially the tenor pieces, can cause problems with intonation and projection. Why spend $140 for a mouthpiece that isn't nearly as good as the one that comes with your horn. The Larry Teal piece might be a good choice for classical, but again, they're quite expensive and only slightly better than your Yamaha piece. My suggestion is to buy a metal tenor piece like a Berg, an Otto Link, or a Jody Jazz piece, and keep you Yamaha for your classical needs

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