MERLOT HARD RUBBER: WARM, OPEN, RICH, FULL-BODIED PIECE WITH PURITY, 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 THE PLAYERS WHO CAN BLOW BRIGHTER!
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 TOO DARK OR STUFFY AT ALL. THIS HAS A BEAUTIFUL CORE SOUND AND IS INCREDIBLY FLEXIBLE WITH ALL THE SOUND SPECTRUM IT CAN OFFER! ITS A WARM, OPEN MOUTHPIECE 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 WARM POWER WHEN YOU PUSH IT. IT HAS THE LOWEST BAFFLE OF MY 3 MOUTHPIECES AND THE ALTISSIMO SING WITH A WARMTH AND FULLNESS ON THIS PIECE. THEY DO NOT GET THIN OR EDGY.
LISTEN TO THE AUDIOS OF JOEL FRAHM, THEN TOM MITCHELL, THEN JEFF RUPERT, AND THEN JEFF MORRISON IN MY MERLOT AUDIO SECTION. THIS WILL SHOW YOU THE INCREDIBLE SOUND SPECTRUM IT OFFERS! FAR MORE FOR ME THAN ALL THE WARMER CATEGORY 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 PIECES 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 OVER A YEAR AND A HALF 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. YOU CAN MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THAT, BUT IT WON’T DICTATE THAT ON ITS OWN. 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!
Pay in Instalments - Flexible Payments with V12
0% Finance available when you spend over £300
Band Supplies are now able to offer you interest free finance on orders over £300, you can buy now and pay later over 6 or 12 months! We also offer a range of finance options including 24-month and 36-month with low interest fees. Now you can get the latest clarinet, cornet, saxophone, trumpet or tuba and not feel the burden of paying all at once, or saving for months and finding it is sold out!
About V12 Retail Finance
Band Supplies Ltd, is registered in the United Kingdom at 13-15 Old Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G3 8QY. Band Supplies ltd acts as a broker, not a lender and offers credit products from Secure Trust Band PLC trading as V12 Retail Finance. Band Supplies ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Registration Number 729628.
Credit is provided subject to age and status.
V12 Retail Finance Limited. Registered in England and Wales 4585692. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registration number: 679653. Registered office: One Arleston Way, Solihull, B90 4LH. Correspondence address: 20 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff, CF24 5PJ. V12 Retail Finance Limited act as a credit broker and introduces to one or more lenders, for which they will receive a commission.
Secure Trust Bank PLC. Registered in England and Wales 541132. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registration number: 204550. Registered office: One Arleston Way, Solihull, B90 4LH.
V12 Retail Finance is a trading name of Secure Trust Bank PLC.
Delivery & Returns
- Free Delivery on all orders over £50 to UK MAINLAND
- Orders Under £50 - £3.95
Orders received before 2pm are normally shipped the same day.
We have a vast selection of goods, although if your item is not in stock, we will back order it for you. You will always be emailed with the option to choose an alternative or cancel your order if you would rather not wait.
UK Mainland Shipping Guide
Orders under £20 – Royal Mail 2nd Class Post Recorded Delivery - £3.95
Orders Between £20-£50 – Courier 1-2 Day - £3.95
Orders Over £50 – Courier 1-2 Day – FREE
Should you be unhappy with your purchase please get in touch within 14 days from recipt of the goods. You must then return the goods at your own expense. Goods must be returned in the original packaging and condition.
Reeds and similar items cannot be returned for hygiene reasons, unless they are returned unopened in their original packaging.
If the goods are faulty or not what was ordered, please contact us within 7 days of receipt of goods and we will arrange return at our own expense.
Payment & Security
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