You know how comedians, like Seinfield and many others, start out their monologues: “Didja ever wonder….” and then they start some rant?
Didja ever wonder how mouthpiece manufacturers measure tip openings?
I needed to get a bari sax mouthpiece with a lot of projection, but a small tip opening, so I wanted to order a Berg Larsen hard rubber 95-1-M. But my supplier only carries SMS facings and the smallest tip opening they had was 100 (0.100 inches, a tenth of an inch, 2.54 mm)
So…I go ahead and order a 100-1-SMS. Not exactly what I wanted, the tip opening is a little too big and I would prefer the “M” facing (longer facing than the SMS), but I don’t want to get all crazy about it.
So a few days later, the mouthpiece arrives. I measure the tip opening and it is 0.109 inches. To recap: I wanted 0.095″, I decided to compromise with a 0.100″, but ultimately I end up with 0.109″
Now, when I measure Babbitt products (Otto Link, Meyer, etc.) I am consistently within one or two thousandths. But Berg Larsen….not at all. It is quite a hassle to send things back to my supplier. I’ll have the player testplay it. Who knows?
Didja ever wonder why the shank opening of a mouthpiece that goes onto the corked neck is not standardized….?