I recently acquired an older Wolfe Tayne 9 metal tenor mouthpiece. The history of the mouthpiece leads me to believe that it is at least 30 years old and quite likely older.
I have in stock a modern Wolfe Tayne 8* metal tenor mpc. that I recently got from Babbitt. It was assumedly made in the last few years.
Below are pictures of both. The older “9” mouthpiece is shown on the right or bottom. The modern “8” is shown on the left or top.
Visually, the mouthpiece are differentiated as follows:
Older “9” – Facing number imprinted on reed table, black bite patch smaller, curved transverse mill marks, the beak is slightly longer while the mouthpiece is overall slightly shorter
Newer 8* – Facing number imprinted on shank, Black bite patch larger, longitudinal straight mill marks, the sloped beak is slighter short and steeper while the overall length is slightly longer
I measure the older 9 to have a tip opening of 0.105″ and facing length of 23mm
And the newer 8* tip opening measures at 0.101″ with a facing length of 25mm.