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Nov. 10th, 2005 @ 04:17 pm (no subject)
What type of Sax: Alto. It's kind of not good. The ones you get in like fifth grade, with the plastic black cases that say CONN in the little blue label on the case.
How long have you played: 6, going on 7 years. 5th grade to now, Sophomore in HS.
Do you play any other instruments: No, I played marimba and various percussion things for Winter Drumline, but that was jsut one year.
If yes which one(s): marimba and various percussion things.

Question: My mouthpiece has been chipped and I need a new one. I've been told by different people, different kinds to get, mainly Selmer C(sea?) Star (I dont know, I've never had to spell it out before.) I have between $50 and $100 to spend on this mouthpiece as I need it before December 11th. I do both marching and concert band and I just need a good mouthpiece for both. Mine was chipped at a marching practice afterschool. It got caught in a trumpet's shirt sleeve and slung across the yard line. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Date:November 11th, 2005 04:16 am (UTC)
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( Darn trumpets, always getting their shirt sleeves caught on other people's stuff... x3 )

E. Rousseau New Classic NC4... o.o; You might start to sound like a clarinet, though.. It has a box-shaped hole-thingy.. But it's medium open-ness, so... Yeah.

(( Yessss, It's C*. Not sea.^-^; The Selmer C* can be found for $90-200. The NC4 mouthpiece is like $60-100... o.o;))
Date:November 11th, 2005 06:57 am (UTC)
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They are like $60. Medium and Large Chamber. I recomend the Medium first.
Holy god. Best mouthpieces ever.
Well, if you don't want to sound like a frenchie.
I'd say it's a very professional way to go. Cheap too for an excellent mouthpiece.
C* are easy to play.. that's why everyone likes them. Caravans aren't neccessarily instantly easy like a C*, but they have a better result if you find it. Definitely.
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Date:December 10th, 2005 09:15 am (UTC)
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First, what horn do you play (ie vintage Conn, 80's Conn, current supply Conn)? What's your current setup, include mouthpiece, reed and lig combo?
Without knowing that, I'd suggest, off the top of my head...
The Selmer Super Session (D) or Soloist (D) for concert band. Maybe a Meyer 5M. Great pieces. If you want something a little more rugged for marching band, try an Otto Link metal, or Dukoff. Something around a 5 or 6. You don't want to go too open and slice through the band like a piccolo. That would make the director yell at you. :)
Even if you don't have a pro horn, having a quality mouthpiece can make a huge difference. I've heard good things about the Caravans, but sometimes the play flat. You have to really adjust.

And always keep you mouthpiece cap with you!!! :) It will save the life of many a mouthpiece.
Just my 2cents from 10+ years of playing/teaching the sax. :)