Selmer Soloist Short Shank Tenor Sax Mpc. – Ted Klum
The original blank used for this mouthpiece is the earlier version of the Soloist short shank. You can tell from the distinctive scrollwork on the shank, even though that scrollwork is worn. The floor/ceiling of the chamber is even with the bore…no step up/down between the chamber and bore.
There is a significant rollover baffle behind the tip which is a smooth and graceful curve.
This mouthpiece was personally faced by Ted Klum, not one of his apprentices. He put his initials and the tip opening on the side of the mouthpiece. He marked the tip opening at 0.100″, though I measure it at 0.104″. Frankly, I trust his measurement more than I do mine. The facing length I measure at 22 mm.
If you look closely at THIS PHOTO and THIS PHOTO you can see a very faint circle with two ovals inside. These indicate a “lake” or shallow depression that allows a reed to still seal as it is played and swells slightly. This is practically invisible to the naked eye, showing up under photographic magnification when the light is at a certain angle.
The “Soloist” imprint on the table was “erased” when Ted did the work on this mouthpiece.
This mouthpiece plays with a full, rich sound. It is a powerful, smooth-playing piece.
There is some chipping of the scroll shank as shown in the photos, but the shank is solid.
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