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 Vintage, or Vintage Clone?
Author: Brenda Siewert 
Date:   2005-12-29 15:16

The quest for the perfect mouthpiece can be quite unsettling. Finding something that works and sticking with it is a great pleasure. However, finding something that works and BREAKING it (like I did with the Kaspar Cicero 11 mentioned on this board about a month ago) is another situation altogether. So, my quest began again.

I've had wonderful experiences with Greg Smith's custom Kaspars, including a Grenadilla wood model fashioned after a Cicero 13. I found the articulation and intonation excellent, and Greg is a super gentleman as well. I've also had good experiences with Walter Grabner's CXZ_14 (the new version). But, in the back of my mind there is that nagging, "nothing like the genuine Kaspar."

So I've found a couple of Kaspars (and am waiting for the Cicero 11 to be repaired), I've got a Chicago and an Ann Arbor. I must say the Chicago is an absolute delight--although it has been refaced by Brad Behn--so not exactly pristine vintage. However, I find that getting a new mouthpiece from Mr. Smith, Mr. Grabner or other great makers mentioned frequently here on board, is a smooth-sailing adventure. No worries about tip repairs or blimps and flaws on the table, etc. Also, I'm convinced one of the reasons the Cicero 11 broke so easily is the material had gotten brittle over the years. Yes, I know it was also probably because of the tile floor--but you know what I'm saying. Also, the Cicero 11 had that funny vintage smell...

Probably opening a can of worms, but let's discuss the pros and cons of the genuine vintage over the pros and cons of the new vintage clones.



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