yamaha sterling silver

Discussion in 'Mouthpieces / Mutes / Other' started by musicalmason, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. musicalmason

    musicalmason Forte User

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    Ive seen these yammi SS mouthpieces floating around for around $200, I was just wanding if they actually played any differently that a regular silver plated mouthpiece.
     
  2. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

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    different density would add some mass to them... probably make them feel more like a heavyweight (which they would be). Other than that, I can't see any benefits. (well, with the exception of the intangible "I got one, you don't")
     
  3. MUSICandCHARACTER

    MUSICandCHARACTER Forte User

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    "I got one, you don't" ... made me laugh!

    They are supposed to be more dense, and therefore have a darker tone. A sterling silver bell (not silver plated) does the same thing with the density and makes for a darker sound.

    I guess if people will buy a Monette Prana, why not a Sterling Silver Yammie?
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  4. trumpetpimp

    trumpetpimp Piano User

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    Back when I was a Yamaha 14A4a player I owned the regular weight(two actually, bought one and one came with my piccolo) and the heavy gold-plate. There was a subtle difference in the sound and response from the regular to the gold. The heavy gold was a hair more stable and thicker sounds, but again, very small different. What I did notice was just how much softer gold is on the lips. You really can feel the difference. When I tried the sterling silver(only spent a few minutes with it) I couldn't tell any difference at all. It played just like the regular ones as far as I could tell. And at $500 canadian I wasn't terribly interested.

    I don't think it's any coincidence that Yamaha is the only manufacturer that makes a SS mouthpiece because it makes little if any difference. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think Yamaha are the only ones that do it.
     

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