60’s Brilhart Personaline Tenor Mouthpiece

A friend of mine from  noticed I had no sound clips of vintage Brilhart hard rubber mouthpieces.  I had to admit to him that I’ve never played a vintage Brilhart.  I could tell he felt extreme sorrow for my situation and was genorous enough to send me 3 great ones from his collection to try.  This one has a slant “Personaline” signature on the back and was refaced to .110 by Eric Drake of Saxology.  This piece has a beautiful dark sound to it that I really enjoyed. I’d have a hard time picking one out of these three Brilharts.  They are all great!  Listen………

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.

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  1. doesnt say HR in the header…this is HR right??!! also there are 2 different HR models…one with a larger rounder chamber… can you check which one this is please?

  2. Yes, you can see in the pictures that it is hard rubber. I don’t have this mouthpiece anymore as I was just borrowing it at the time. I seem to remember it having a round chamber.

  3. I play these as my main piece on tenor in everything from rock to jazz.
    In my experience only the older ones with serial numbers are med-lrg chambers with rounded sidewalls up to the tip, and the ones without are med chambers with straight sidewalls.
    The ones with the wood-grain toothplates are different and not hard rubber but plastic of some sort.

  4. I have a 60’s hard rubber Personaline slant. It’s a fantastic player. It sounds very much like this one. It was an S4 facing opened up by Brian Powell to a .110 and it’s my main jazz piece. It’s got a dark full sound that is very focused – much like a good Selmer Soloist. It’s got a ML round chamber with scooped sidewalls – though maybe not as much as my old Links. It’s got a rich bold sound that I’m loving.

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