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Hi Grant,
Many years ago I was a sax player in The United States Army Band( Pershing's Own ) in Wash DC and was fortunate enough to pick up a New York Meyer off the shelf in Foxes Music. This was about '73 or '74. It was a 6M with a small chamber. It played great for me for many years; great feel - big fat rich sound, Phil Woods sounding piece. The table eventually warped a bit and I had to get it refaced, and although it plays OK,  it suffered a bit through the refacings. Is there a contemporary piece that truly comes real close to the sound and feel of the small chamber Meyers of that time frame?

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Hello Frank, Thank you for your service. Yes, believe it or not, I would get a Meyer 6M small chamber, these are very close to the New York version, although not exactly.. It's best to try out 2 or 3 and pick the best one. I currently play on a Meyer 7MM that just wails.... Some players now are using those Jody Jazz models (Made by Runyon), and also Ralph Morgan made a great Meyer copy. He has died now...but his pieces are still being sold by internet seller "JUNK DUDE". Mouthpiece maker Ron Coelho makes a great RPC The Favorite Alto models are ...Alto 80 or 85 tip opening ... medium chamber, with a mild baffle, the baffle adds a bit of brightness and some power, this is a very flexible mpc , it can cover many different styles ...He sells other Alto models available by request, like a Meyer clone 80 to 90 tip rollover baffle or even a 90 to 105 tip with a high baffle,for rock and fusion. Also try the PHILTONE and the Kessler NY custom Professional Jazz "New York Short Shank" Series
100% Quality Hard Rubber. Original Meyer Bros. New York Medium chamber size with vintage Meyer Bros facing - customer's choice of 3 facing models. Ideal for professional vintage jazz tonal performance!It even comes with a Rico H-Ligature (gold plate) & Cap.
Now lets look at Vandoren...They make a NY Meyer copy V-16 Alto Saxophone Ebonite Mouthpiece available in the following tip openings and chambers. A5S   facing ML  .074", A5M  ML  .074",
A6S   facing ML  .077", A6M   facing ML  .077", A7S   facing ML  0.080",  A7M   facing ML  0.080", A8S  facing MS  .083",  A8M  facing MS  .083", A9S  facing ML  .089",  A9M  facing ML  .089", NOTE: The M and S suffixes on the model numbers/facings indicate small and medium chambers..These are really great with an average price of only $119...from woodwind-brass wind...
THANKS!
GRANT KOELLER

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I'm a Professional Jazz Saxophone soloist recently retired from 23 years with the USAF Band Of Flight, WPAFB, OHIO, experienced in performance, technique and equipment. I'm not a buyer/seller or dealer. I have 40 years Alto, Tenor, Soprano and Bari Saxophone performance experience with additional years on the Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drum-set, Guitar and Voice. I'm a third generation professional military musician, my father, Bill Koeller(1939-1997) was in the USAF 1958-1962, and played Jazz Hammond B-3 organ from 1957-1997, and my fathers Uncle, Alfred Koeller (1912-1993), was a professional Acoustic Bassist in the Army Air Corps in WWII, and also performed on Jazz Guitar, Hammond organ, Piano and tenor saxophone.

Experience

Professional Saxophone Soloist, 23 total years with the USAF Bands, 6 years with the USAF Band of Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, performing on Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Clarinet, and Flute. 4 years in Japan, at Yokota AFB with the USAF Band of the Pacific. An Avid Composer and Arranger for the Night Hawk Protocol Combo. Former Lead Alto Saxophonist with the USAF Night Flight Big Band performing the music of Glenn Miller as well as other hits of the Big Band Era. I collect LP records of Jazz, blue's, classical and rock, and have over 12,000 records.

Organizations
USAF,Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia, Men's National Music Fraternity, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Love Big Band, Gem City Big Band, Jazz Central Big Band, Shin Sings Orchestra, Kim Kelly Orchestra,USAF Night Flight Jazz Ensemble, Different Hats Big Band, Jimmy Baker Blues Band, This Side Up, Freelance, KING KOELLER Quartet, Jazz Central Big Band, GB Work, Sax On The Web,

Publications
Saxophone On the Web; Anchorage Daily News; All Experts; Augustana College Public Radio, WVIK;

Education/Credentials
North Texas State University School of Music, Jazz Studies 1982-1986 Lead Alto, Lab bands 1982-83 and small group leader 1983-1984, Jazz Radio Host WVIK 90.1 FM NPR affiliate Rock Island, IL United States Collegiate Wind Band European tour 1980 Augustana College, Rock Island IL, Liberal Arts Music Mentors/Teachers:My father Bill Koeller, a Jazz Hammond B-3 Organist (1939-1997) Great Uncle Alfred Koeller, Acoustic Bass 1912-1993

Awards and Honors
Paul Shartle Musician of the Quarter Spring 2008; Glenn Miller Festival, Clarinda, Iowa featured soloist; McDonald's All-American Band and Jazz Ensemble 1979; US Collegiate Wind Bands,Paul Lavalle Conductor, tour of Europe,1980; John Phillip Sousa Award, 1980 Dimond HS Anchorage, Alaska; USAF National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; USAF Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; USAF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters

Past/Present Clients
Performed with, Bob Hope, The Platters, Four Tops, Jimmy Dorsey, Crystal Gail, Helen Ready, James Williams, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Jack Jones, The Mills Brothers, the G-Clef's, Lionel Hampton at Carnegie Hall, Performed for the King Of Thailand 2005, Tom "Bone's" Malone, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Turrentine, Performed for President Gerald Ford, President George W. Bush, The Maguire Sisters, The USO Girls-Andrew Sisters Tribute, The Four Lads, Lincoln Berry, The Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco, Walter Bishop Jr, Sadao Watanabe, Bobby Shew, Pete Jolly, Quad City Jazz Ensemble, Augustana College Symphonic Band, Jack Scott, Catfish Jazz Society, Intrigue-Boston Wedding Band, The Mark Herbert Little Big Band, The Pacesetters Big Band, The Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble, Pacific Showcase Big Band, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band under the direction of Lee Castle, Ronny Scott Orchestra, Big Al's Hot Dance Orchestra, The Dayton Sidewinders, Tom Daugherty Orchestra, Johnny Mack Super Big Band, Ken Peplowski, Eddie Daniels, Buddy Guy, Roy Hargrove, Warren Parrish, John OMeara Jr., Dave Holcomb, Albia Silva,Vinnie Demartino, Clon VonFitz, The G Clef's

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