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Why pay hundreds of dollars for a vintage New York mouthpiece in poor condition? The Ponzol Vintage Series mouthpieces use the same facing and dimensions from vintage NY pieces providing the the player the feel and sound of a vintage piece with the advantage of contemporary tuning.
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One of the other reviewers stated that this was a versatile piece. I wholeheartedly agree. With a La Voz reed, it is not bright at all, but with a Java it takes on a whole different tone, not too bright, but when pushed, it sings. I spent half the afternoon experimenting with different reeds and reed strengths. It's pretty reed friendly and I got the tone out of it I wanted with at least two brands I use. I have a custom piece in my drawer which cost me twice the price of the Ponzol that does not sound as nice as this one! Well worth it!
First off, I've only tried about 6-7 HR mpc's recently, so that's why I didn't give this a full 5 stars. But this was the BEST vintage style HR mpc I've used in recent memory, so it's an excellent hand-finished piece of art imho. I was able to acquire an used 95 tenor while in stock, but it looked pretty much perfect to me. This mpc is the closest thing to a 'true vintage slant-sig HR' in sound in tone & warmth but w/ more projection & volume & better intonation. Basically, if you're looking for a great tenor HR mpc for jazz & blues, this could be the for you, too.
I was looking for warmth but still wanted the ability to have a reasonable amount of volume when needed. I got the 110 and use Rico Jazz Select 3M and sometimes Vandoren ZZ 3 1/2, 4--same as on my Ponzol M2+(which I preferred over JodyJazz DV). I've owned several Ponzols and they're always top quality. This HR Vintage does an excellent job of allowing me to play soft on ballads, etc. in combo settings, and loud enough to be heard on solos in big band arrangements. M2+ is best for rock, but this is my new "easier listening" piece. I's free blowing and has a nice balance of warmth and edge. I prefer it over some others that I've tried, like Berg, Meyer, Link and Rousseau, although I haven't tried the new Vintage Link. I was especially listening to the upper register to make sure ther's no bright, tinny sound like you can sometimes hear on similar pieces when pushed, even on recordings. My Custom Z and Ref 54 retain their basic qualities, with the Z being brighter, but both take on, for me, a little more of a Getz type sound which is the kind of sound that's usually playing in my head. I gave it 5 stars because it gave me what I was looking for(for now)!
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