Centered and edgy sound wanted

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bigbandbone
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Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by bigbandbone » Fri May 17, 2019 10:49 am

I happily just bought my first bass bone. Wow, still can't believe it! A Yamaha 421 G. While I'm waiting for FedEx to place it gently on my doorstep it's time to start thinking about a mouthpiece. I test played the stock factory mouthpiece and want something different.

I'm looking for a mouthpiece that will help me get a centered and edgy sound. Definitely not looking for the typical symphonic sound. I will primarily be playing big band. Think about all the anonymous bass bone players in the big bands of the 70's, 80's, and 90's. Kenton, Rich, Maynard, Basie, Herman.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by Burgerbob » Fri May 17, 2019 10:53 am

It comes with a Yamaha 58, I think. That should get the job done.
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Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by BGuttman » Fri May 17, 2019 12:27 pm

... Or a Bach 1 1/2 G (not M, not Megatone). If 1 1/2 G or Yamaha 58 is a little too big, look at Bach 2G.
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Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by Posaunus » Fri May 17, 2019 12:31 pm

The Yamaha 58L (supplied with the YBL-421G) or Schilke 58 would be a good starting point - but apparently the Yamaha 58 doesn't meet your vision. Nevertheless, you might want to give it a chance, since it came free!

For Big Band use, I prefer my Marcinkiewicz "Geo Roberts" model. :good:
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Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by Bach5G » Fri May 17, 2019 12:40 pm

BGuttman wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 12:27 pm
... Or a Bach 1 1/2 G (not M, not Megatone). If 1 1/2 G or Yamaha 58 is a little too big, look at Bach 2G.
Faxx 1 1/2G- Horn Guys, $40.
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Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by walldaja » Fri May 17, 2019 1:00 pm

The Yamaha 58L that came with mine was a good starting point. I discovered that my 0.547 Courtois really responded and sounded better with the 58L. To get a better low end I got a Bach 1 1/2G and really like that combination. I really love my 421G, especially when I put a lot of air through it. Best wishes in finding a fit your like.
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Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by joebernie » Fri May 17, 2019 1:40 pm

I've admittedly not played a Yamaha 58, but the specs compare more to a Bach 2G than a 1.5G (the oft-recommended starting size). I was happy with a Faxx 1.5G, I'm currently happier with a Yamaha 59, which is very slightly larger. I'd stick with the included mouthpiece for a bit since it's free, and you can make an informed purchase later.
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Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by FeelMyRath » Fri May 17, 2019 2:51 pm

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Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by hyperbolica » Fri May 17, 2019 4:23 pm

Ferguson V. Slightly bigger than a 1.5g, but a lot more spike in the note. Get it at hornguys, or here used sometimes. Horn guys says it's more "efficient", which means more sound per volume air.
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Re: Centered and edgy sound wanted

Post by JohnL » Fri May 17, 2019 4:41 pm

Sometimes a light blank makes it easier to put a little more "snap" in the sound. Maybe something like Marcinkiewicz 1.5 G or EBT3, or a Stork BT1.5 on a lightweight blank.
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