Mike Potter

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  • #89904
    Mike Potter
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    This was taken a couple years ago (maybe three), I’m thinking Johnny was playing the sax/mouthpieces that were at the booth he was visiting. Kind of looks like a Theo Mantra tenor sax with a different neck on it…

    if the link above isn’t working this one should, you can zoom in on the pics I posted on Flickr.

    Johnny @ NAMM

    #89890
    Mike Potter
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    Liza, I applaud your creativity and inventiveness! Obviously you’ve approached designing this instrument to fit your needs. Sound wise, like anything else it depends on the player. You might want to consider doing a demo with an experienced sax player as well so those listening can hear how the sax would sound in the hands of different levels of players. Amazing what can be done with 3D printing!!! Is there a market for your design, absolutely, probably more in a novelty niche than competing with the traditionally manufactured instruments. But, that’s a start! What do you see as your selling price range?

    #89889
    Mike Potter
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    #89887
    Mike Potter
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    Hi Alexandra! yes the squeaky reed… There are a number of things that can cause this but what I’ve found to be most common and you’re teacher nailed it a bit, is that there is a difference in embouchure placement/control between a metal and a hard rubber mouthpiece (I’m assuming you were playing a hard rubber piece before) and yes the high baffle/small chamber mouthpiece play different and are more “temperamental” than pieces with lower baffles and medium chambers (most likely what you’ve been playing??). Overall, it will take time to get used to playing a high baffle/small chamber metal mouthpiece if you’ve never played on one in the past, but I doubt it will take a year… Typically within a few weeks you should be able to make the necessary embouchure adjustments (long tones and over tones) and get it dialed in pretty well.

    However, reeds mostly squeak because the seal between the reed, the table on the mouthpiece and the rails on the mouthpiece isn’t solid. A few different things can cause the problem. One, the part of the reed that makes contact with the table isn’t flat or has warps in it. Two, the ligature isn’t applying consistent pressure across the reed and the table of the mouthpiece when it’s tightened down (doesn’t have to be super tight just consistent). Three, the table on the mouthpiece isn’t flat and/or the rails are uneven allowing for leaks and causing issues which include squeaking.

    Before playing always make sure you’re reed is good and wet, a lot of people soak them for a few minutes before using them (or use synthetic or plastic covered reeds!). I’m sure you’re doing this but it’s part of the process..

    Once you’ve gotten used to playing the mouthpiece you might want to learn to check your reeds for flatness and learn how to file/scrape the part of the reed that makes contact with the mouthpiece table to ensure there are no warps. I picked up a reedgeek a few years ago and even though it’s not cheap I’ve saved a bunch of reeds using it, they started out unplayable and after a few minutes flattening them they work fine. A single sided razor blade works as well but the reedgeek won’t slice you!.

    Then there’s you’re ligature, I’ve had really poor luck with two screw ligs on metal mouthpieces. Others may love them, just my experience with them and I did experience squeaks on the metal mouthpieces I’ve played which are similar to what you’re now playing. It’s something you can try and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg..

    Questions for you though. Did you buy the mouthpiece new or used? If you bought it new does the store have a return policy? Mouthpieces aren’t perfect, if there’s a defect in the table/rails no amount of practice/reed adjustment will make it better. What type of lig are you using and how do you prep your reeds before using them? And what were you playing on in the past?

    More information will help get you moving in the right direction.

    Mike

    #89875
    Mike Potter
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    Johnny should be at NAMM!
    Johnny at NAMM

    #89846
    Mike Potter
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    LOL! I’m on west coast so if I’m on the forum at 10:00 pm my time anyone on the east coast is probably snoring away!

    #88903
    Mike Potter
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    Excellent Juhong, I have a huge appreciation for folks who play the soprano (and play it in tune), very well done! Thank you for sharing.

    #88542
    Mike Potter
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    YES!

    #88458
    Mike Potter
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    Dang, that video was frightening – I was waiting for an alien to bust out of his uvula! how’d that dude shove a camera and a mouthpiece in his oral cavity at the same time…

    #88293
    Mike Potter
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    Thanks gents, the pentatonic studies lessons have helped getting the solo melodies in my head worked into the horn. Still have a long way to go!

    This group is a blast to gig with but they only play a few times a year at special events, the other gig videos I’ve posted were with a blues band that has since imploded (kind of a thing with hobby bands) but just as well I’m really burnt out on playing standard 12 bar blues tunes at 80 bpm, I’d rather play rock and roll. I’m trying to find more gigs where we would only play 1 or 2 sets, none of them want to play the traditional 4 set gig which I understand, none of us are young any longer. I think if I could find at least a monthly event we’d practice more and sound tighter.

    Yeah the suits are a must with these guys, I look like a giant purple circus tent… need to have the jacket taken in some (and drop about 40 pounds…)!!

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