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 Kasper Style Greg Smith
Author: Hiroshi 
Date:   1999-08-12 03:35

I recently obtained a Greg Smith's new mouthpiece.Since I used once a Kasper-cicero mouthpiece,I could compare both by memory.This is a short report.
(He told me it is comparable with Kasper-Chicago #12 and made it with collaboration of Hans Zinner of Bavaria.)

How it looks like:
Table becomes narrower at the end(another side of its tip),which makes me to allign easily and correctly my MORRE profiled Grand Select reed.(I use a Greg Smith Morre German cut profiler.)
Side view:apparently,the curve is not continuous.The reed stock holding table is a little steeper than the vibrating portion. Just near the tip,opening becomes abruptly open.
These may be enhancing reed vibration.(I do not know for sure.)
Engravings:Greg Smith - Evanston oval marking,product numbering #100(I like this number),and Hans Zinner hand crafted marking by very small letters.
Inside:there is a sand paper scraping observed.(I prefer this rather than too smooth surface since it will enhance a little more turbulence and richness.)

How it sounds:
In this BBS many people says mouthpiece selection depends on personal preference. I found there is an exception.This one is a magic. It sounds very much fuller and resonate so good.I found my articulation is quite improved also. Especially altissimo range tone emission became quite easier.Matches very good with my Chadash A(smaller bore for my 0.563" bore Selmer 10SII* ) barrel.
Now I found a Bonade inverted ligature matches this mouthpiece really. Other ligertures I have lack in mass and sometimes resonate too much and emit shrills.The ligature has to hold tight the reed to avoid their over-resonate.
I felt this MP is literally better than Kasper I used to have.

This costed only 200$(Same price with my Bay MP.) Not 650$ for an original Kasper.

There are far many things in this than I dreamt of.I felt like this.

p.s. I owned Greg-Smith #1 but dropped it to the floor and it broke at the tip.The proprietary material of Zinner may be a little more brittle than ordinary hard rubber.Take care.

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 RE: Kasper Style Greg Smith
Author: Greg Smith 
Date:   1999-08-12 03:46

Thanks Hiroshi for your kind words.

Actually, the Zinner material is less likely to break than most. It must have hit just the right way to break....original Kaspars are quite easily broken comparatively. I know from first hand experience!!!


Greg Smith

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 RE: Kasper Style Greg Smith
Author: Fan 
Date:   1999-08-12 15:15

Which Kaspar is the better one? Ann Arbor or Ciero?
which style did you made

Fan

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 RE: Kasper Style Greg Smith
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-08-12 18:01

Chicago and Cicero Kaspars tend to be the most sought after. The Ann Arbors aren't bad... but either the blanks werent as good or Frank L Kaspar didn't do as good a job as his nephew... i'm not sure which.

Fan wrote:
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Which Kaspar is the better one? Ann Arbor or Ciero?
which style did you made

Fan

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 RE: Kaspar Style Greg Smith
Author: Greg 
Date:   1999-08-12 22:41

In my opinion, the reason that Frank Kaspar of Chicago and Cicero (not Ann Arbor) made more consistently superior mouthpieces is because he was a superior artist/craftsman. They both turned mouthpieces from the same rod material, later on used somewhat different blanks but applied their craft differently to fit their clientele.

Greg Smith

Daniel wrote:
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Chicago and Cicero Kaspars tend to be the most sought after. The Ann Arbors aren't bad... but either the blanks werent as good or Frank L Kaspar didn't do as good a job as his nephew... i'm not sure which.

Fan wrote:
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Which Kaspar is the better one? Ann Arbor or Ciero?
which style did you made

Fan

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 RE: Kasper Style Greg Smith- for greg
Author: angella 
Date:   1999-08-13 01:40

greg-

may i ask, which of your mouthpiece models do you play?

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 RE: Kaspar Style Greg Smith
Author: Greg Smith 
Date:   1999-08-13 03:56

I play my Chedeville style, #1 facing in the Chicago Symphony - the Kaspar style and Cocus wood mouthpiece in other orchestras and ensembles when playing principal and also for chamber and solo works.

Please note one and all the correct spelling of the Kaspar family name, even though both makers are long since deceased it would be nice if.....

Greg Smith
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angella wrote:
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greg-

may i ask, which of your mouthpiece models do you play?



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 RE: Kaspar Style Greg Smith
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-08-13 04:59

Thank you for correcting their name Greg. I'm never really concerned with the topic name. So I never think to make corrections to peoples' ignorance and/or lack of facility in the English language.

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 RE: Kaspar Style Greg Smith
Author: Greg Smith 
Date:   1999-08-14 16:31



Daniel wrote:
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Thank you for correcting their name Greg. I'm never really concerned with the topic name. So I never think to make corrections to peoples' ignorance and/or lack of facility in the English language.

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I thought it especially appropriate Daniel for those that would have had trouble contacting you at your amusing and creative e mail address! (Kasparguy@hotmail.com) I wish that I would have thought of it!

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 RE: Kaspar Style Greg Smith
Author: HIROSHI 
Date:   1999-08-15 15:45

I recognized ths side view. It's the same. Bay MP has a desiain of floating reeds. The table have concave shape with four supports.I have a mouthpiece on the same basics Nagmatsu-Japan. BUt this side veew of the table is very interesting since I noticed it when I obtained a Kasper-Cicero.

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