Re: advise on choosing a MEYER mouthpiece
Your right the lakey is LOUD! Lol …..and im not necessarily looking for more volume/projection (as the lakey provides enough) im actually looking for an alternative, I wanted to see if there was something else that would work for me in the same way….just wanted to know that I was not missing out on something.
Any who I went back to the store where I bought my meyer mpc with more time to test out their selection of mpc. I was excited because I had read/heard many good things about the mpc they had there. The mpc that I test were as follows (they were all for alto sax, all were metal, and all were a size 7): Otto Link Metal Alto, Beechler Metal BELLITE, Jody Jazz Esp, Jody Jazz DV. All mouthpieces were tested with a Rovner dark ligature, except for the otto link which I tested with the ligature that it comes with.
All mouthpieces were tested on my selmer super action series 80. On vandoren v16 sizes 2,2.5, and 3 reeds.
Also keep in mind that the sound im going for in my alto is a bright, “big band” type sound, kind of funk-ish and as if the sax is barking. Where as my Tenor I like to sound more like that of traditional jazz tenors, with a big and thick dark sound.
And I am comparing these mouthpieces to those that I have tried which are as follow: selmer C*, Lakey 6*3 HR, Meyer 6m HR, and an old Selmer metal mpc(I don’t have any more info on it because it was a gift and I got it ages ago when I was learning to play the sax in 5th grade, however I did not like this mouthpiece so much).
With that in mind…..these were my findings:
Otto Link Metal: I got a darker sound than that of the beechler however I did not like this mpc from the moment I tried it. This mpc had a teeth guard cushion that was added on(im assuming it was used and the previous put it on) I am thinking that the teeth guard hindered me from getting an accurate interpretation of what this mpc is supposed to sound like. I had a similar experience with a mpc ages ago when I was learning how to play the sax I put a teeth guard and did not like it could not get a sound out of the mpc…so im guessing that was case with this mpc.
Beechler Metal BELLITE: this mpc was bright, very bright (I would say a bit too much, but if you really want bright then this is it), no low end to the sound, no body/meat just top end and bright.
Jody Jazz Esp metal: this mpc had a nice warm distinct sound to it, it was noticeably darker than the beechler, but it did have body to it the low end was still there and present (this was with the spoiler on). With out the spoiler the sound got even darker (too dark for me, at least what I was trying to go for).
Jody Jazz DV metal: this mpc was my favorite out of all them. It was a bright as the beechler I would say just a tad bit less and it had a certain edge/bite to it, the mouthpiece is very articulate and aggressive in its attacks, if you want staccato then that what you get if you don’t then it is subtle. It was bright but had plenty of low end to it and altissimo was a breeze and strong. The only problem I had with this mpc is that it is smaller than anything I have tried in alto mpc even to all the ones that I tried that day so I got many squeaks but that was easily fixed by tightening my embouchure, this also effected the way I was doing bends I did not have to drop my jaw so much. I guess it’s safe to say the mpc was made to accurately reproduce what your thinking. The sound was very consistent in the lower and high ranges. Very nice!
In conclusion: if you are looking for metal mpc that bright but do not want to loose the low end and body of your sound then Dv is it. You get all the perks with out the side effects of metal. The Esp was also nice and I think if you want your alto to sound more like that of traditional jazz then that might suit you especially if you do lead work and ensemble the spoiler lets you brighten or darken your sound in an instant. I do a lot of more contemporary lead work on my alto and need to stand out so the DV will work for me. However I don’t think I will be getting rid of my lakey I guess you can say that I have acquired a taste for it. The reason why I had strayed away from metal mouthpieces is because I would loose all the low end and body/meat the core sound and would get a thin sound out of them but the Jody Dv really is different plenty of low end to satisfy those who want a bright but with a big full sound, oh and it can be loud if you want it to be. So I think I have found my next mouthpiece!=)