this will be a breif review. so.. at first glance i was surprised how narrow this mpc is (17mm) at tip width and thought, hmm. but compared to my sop bari metal it wasn't an issue. i'm used to a metal selmer paris and have a dukoff d6 mpc. i put a legere 2 1/2 strength in it while my cane reed was soaking. and used the stock ligature and it blew real easy, not much effort for a .085 tip opening. i was looking for a super bright mpc and this is what i got, but at the same time the low notes came out still kind of dark. not dark like a rubber mpc though. then went thru all the notes and yes the altissmo screams like a banshee much brighter than my dukoff d6, but that is what i was looking for, i got all the other mpc's i need for dark sound. next i tried a rovner v-1rxs ligature and it fit perfect. liked this better for sound. im noticing with this mpc my sax vibrates more than all my other mpc's. the cane reed a jazz select 2m was more effort to play and had a nice sound but still prefered the legere because it had a brighter sound. another thing i would like to point out is the mpc is very narrow at tip thickness making for a tighter embouchure. the shank is narrow and used a lot of grease so as not to damage my cork. the baffle is high with a step off chamber which i prefer over my dukoff's step baffle. i feel it's easier to play. my dukoff made me always feel like i was in a wrestling match to get good sound out of it and just like the dukoff, this arb mpc is loud and will cut through the rest of the band with less effort. this is a stainless steel mpc and will look better than that silverite metal the dukoff is made of and will be much more durable. dont get me wrong, im not knocking the dukoff i just like the arb better and my metal selmer is still my favorite all around mpc.