10MFAN Merlot Ebonite Tenor Mouthpiece

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Staff Review

The 10m Fan mouthpieces have been one of the more anticipated
mouthpieces we have had come into the shop. Mainly because of the write
up by Mark Sepinuck (maker of the mouthpiece) which indicated that this
was a mouthpiece is incredibly versatile for the modern jazz musician
due to its flexibility. Having play tested them with Jim I think I can
safely say for both of us it does, to the extent that we both bought one
the next day!

The Merlot piece responds very well to anything you throw at it whether
it be fast bop lines or sharp punchy stabs in a funk band. The
mouthpiece also responds really well when you push it giving you a big
dynamic range. The sound is very powerful with a clean cut at the top
end but gives you a warm full resonance at the bottom. The sub tones are
beautiful! I feel this piece is going to be particularly popular amongst
serious jazz players too as it has a fantastic NY Bop sound! Myself and
Jim both knew immediately this was something special and both had to get


Manufacturers Description

“merlot”: warm, open, rich, full-bodied piece with purity, plenty of
power, clarity, and depth

Very personal and classic sounding. Incredible blue note era sound of
the 50′s and 60′s and a very modern sound is available from it at the
same time!

For modern guys that have the merlot vibe: think bergonzi, frahm,
potter, mintzer, seamus blake, mark turner, etc….. You can also get a
steve grossman or bob berg vibe from it too, if you have those guys in
your head. I wanted a warm, full sounding piece that wasn’t dark or
stuffy at all. With alexander ny or vandoren blue box reeds, it will
play its darkest but never stuffy or dull. This has a beautiful core
sound and is incredibly flexible with all the sound spectrum it can
offer! It can open up and let loose without getting bright for me. It
does not have the tubbiness or stuffiness often associated with hard
rubber vintage mouthpieces! I made this to sound warm yet with plenty of
power when you push it. It has the lowest baffle of my 3 mouthpieces.

Listen to the audios of joel frahm, then tom mitchell, then jeff rupert,
and then chris potter in my merlot audio section. This will show you the
incredible sound spectrum it offers! Far more for me than all the warmer
category hard rubber vintage mouthpieces. I wanted to make a warm
playing tenor mouthpiece that didn’t sound just like a 60′s slant, but
does everything they can do, and much more. My piece don’t put you in a
“sound corner” and make you sound one-way. Mine offer way more
flexibility, depth, and clarity to the sound—–and with meaning! Joel
frahm is as picky as they come for achieving the perfect sound for
himself, and he has gigged on and recorded with my merlot and robusto
hard rubber models for a year now. My merlot simply offers him more than
his slant sig can possibly offer. The sound can be very clean or fluffy
depending on how you want to play it. The high end releases the sound
and doesn’t make you sound airy or tubby on the palm keys. This piece
does not make you play “one way” or put you in a sound corner like the
vintage mouthpieces. You can easily go from stan getz to joel frahm to
bob berg with this piece. Like a fine wine, you will discover that this
piece will continue to get better and better for you with time!

Finally, mouthpieces that can get both the vintage vibe and modern vibe!

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