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by stillplayin_sax
(4 posts)
9 years ago

Intro: My saxes are older than I (am)!

Hello all! I have been playing since the late 60s 7th through 12th ( no college playing). I still have my first horn, a Conn alto bought for me for $75. After much research, i have determined it is a Artist Model made in 1923. Gold plate over silver, tuning ring, elaborate engraving. I also have a Martin Handcraft Tenor made about 1930s? finially a Selmer Mark IV alto. My father-in-law has an instrument repair shop! What a deal! The conn is in great shape but plays like crap! Any ideas as to what mouthpiece to use? I think that is the problem. Cheers!

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  1. by stillplayin_sax
    (4 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: Intro: My saxes are older than I (am)!

    Ha Ha Ok its a Mark VI alto.

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    1. by sax_maniac
      (984 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: Intro: My saxes are older than I (am)!

      Vintage horns play best with large chambered mouthpieces. Modern Links generally work well with vintage horns. If you go into a pea shooter/small chambered mpc, you can tend to find yourself amongst intonation problems on a vintage horn. If you're interested, I have a very old Link Tonemaster - I can send you pictures if you want.

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      1. by stillplayin_sax
        (4 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: Intro: My saxes are older than I (am)!

        Ok, that would be great!. So i guess using a C* Selmer (i think it says S 80) mouthpiece on an old Martin handcraft is not a good idea either. Hmm.. the Martin was a gimme, so i have been playing with what came with it. I plan on playing concert type stuff, not so much jazz.

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        1. by sax_maniac
          (984 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: Intro: My saxes are older than I (am)!

          My experience is that S80's work fairly well with modern horns - not so much with old (1920's / 1930's) horns. Individual results may vary... You may need to try several different pieces to find a good match. Again, you want a very large chamber and, if possible, concave sidewalls. Email me offline - I may be able to help you out.

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