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Letters from RPC Saxophone Mouthpieces...

"Ron Coelho makes the best playing and sounding mpcs I've ever used. Just great mouthpieces for the working musician. Extremely musical,versatile...AND make you not want to put the horn down out of a fear that you'll miss the next new thing you get out of your horn."

"I never had a mouthpiece perform like that out of the box. Yeh, I could get most mouthpieces to do what I wanted but it ususally required some fore thought and preparation. I am no longer a slave to my mouthpiece. I don't have to sacrifice tone, response and intonation for edge and power."

"I love it. I had another chance to play with the swing band tonight and I can say this is truly an awesome mouthpiece. Excellent response throughout the range of the horn, very warm but has the edge to play out in front and excellent intonation."

"Your alto piece still amazes me. Ever since it popped out of the egg it has been consistent in pitch, reed selection, and playing comfort. Thanks again and please always know that your work is the utmost in professionalism."

"Your mouthpiece is something else. I have thought of a thousand things I could say about this piece of work but now the words just can't say enough of how great it is. Keep up the good work I believe one day every sax player will know your name."

"I started playing lead alto with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. During my first rehearsal, I was floored by the 78 year old Frank Wess and his sound!! Have you ever heard a lion roar? I did that day. Frank's sound on the RPC 125 seemed like it came from inside a whale. Deep, cavernous and huge. The next day, I called Ron Coelho and asked him to make me a work of art. I'm still blowing that first RPC 125 tenor. It is miraculous. Fat, resonant, powerful and smooth as silk. Wow!! I can shake the rafters with that piece and at the same whisper like a soft little kitten. Then I had him make a lead alto piece."

"It's like when your car (a good car) comes back after being tuned up and serviced by qualified dealership mechanics. You start it up, and it purrs, put it in gear and step on the gas, and you say "YEA, THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' 'BOUT". This mouthpiece seems to want to do what ever I ask of it. I can see myself falling in love with playing again."

"Before trying RPC mouthpieces, I was convinced that one had to be genetically predisposed to play extensively in the altissimo range of the saxophone. RPC proved me wrong."

"I've been playing for 25 years, and I feel like I've just improved 30 percent! It's a wonderfull thing you're doing,man."

"Just got my new tenor 105 today, and spent about three hours with it. WOW, WOW, WOW!"

"My bravos to Ron. His Alto and Bari mouthpieces that I recently purchased are the best. I would not liken them to some of the vintage Meyers or Links simply because they are superior."

"My bravos to Ron.... His Alto and Bari mouthpieces that I recently purchased are the best. I would not liken them to some of the vintage Meyers or Links simply because they are superior. His curve on open models is comfortable and easy to control and the voice is pretty - no need for ultra high baffles or inserts for power. As an ex-Berklee (Joe Viola) student and after many years of playing and teaching in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, I have had experience with many mouthpieces produced today. Ron Coelho is a real craftsman!"-Ted J.

From Dave Schroeder:

"Before trying RPC mouthpieces, I was convinced that one had to be genetically predisposed to play extensively in the altissimo range of the saxophone. RPC proved me wrong. The moment I blew into my RPC, I could play an additional two octaves without losing the rich middle and low register of the horn. Now I no longer switch mouthpieces depending on the session or the gig. My RPC plays great for traditional, R&B, and straight ahead styles. I've recently started playing an RPC bari mouthpiece. Now for the first time I can hear and enjoy my bari sax sound whether I'm soloing with a small group or playing in a section. Thanks Ron for making the best mouthpieces on the planet."

Dr. David Schroeder is the director of Jazz Studies at New York University. He has performed with a diversity of groups including Vanguard Orchestra, The Don Friedman Quartet, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, The Temptations, and Combo Nuvo. Visit his website at Combo Nuvo

PEE WEE ELLIS Goes way back to the early days of R&B, co-wrote hits with James Brown and was his music director, he produced recordings for many artists and has been music director, horn arranger, tenor player, for VAN MORRISON since the early 80's. I did his horn repair in the late 70's, what a joy it was to test play his tenor - it just had its own great R&B sound.

Here is what Pee Wee Ellis says about his 130 model:

"Hey Ron, I got my horn back today. I put the piece on and it sung like an angel....... I love it...LOVE IT....LOVE IT. Thanks man, You're a genius...Pee Wee Ellis

P.S. The leaks in my horn were giving me a false reading before. It's like when your car (a good car) comes back after being tuned up and serviced by qualified dealership mechanics. You start it up, and it purrs, put it in gear and and step on the gas, and you say 'YEA... THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' 'BOUT'. This mouthpiece seems to want to do what ever I ask of it....I can see myself falling in love with playing again. You da man"

Sal Spicola...

Formerly with Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Joe Walsh, Chuck Berry, Michael LeGrand (Miss Saigon), solo alto on Broadway 9 years and a whole bunch of other stuff that fills about 36 years of a career.

"Hey Ronco, Just a note to say 'Hey' and let you know that after two years your alto piece still amazes me. Ever since it popped out of the egg it has been consistent in pitch, reed selection, and playing comfort. It probably gets better mileage than my Chevy too. Thanks again and please always know that your work is the utmost in professionalism. Yours, Sal Spicola"

Mark Vinci...

"I first got my hands on an alto when I was seven. It was a dream come true. When I was 14, I attended a Stan Kenton Jazz camp, in Towson, Maryland. The last day of the camp, I was blowing in a bathroom and some young cat came in and said "You sound great!! I'll bet you'll dig this piece." I bought it and played that piece religiously until it plum wore out a few years ago!

I was on the ropes and lost at sea. I started playing lead alto with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. During my first rehearsal, I was floored by the 78 year old Frank Wess and his sound!! Have you ever heard a lion roar? I did that day. Frank's sound on the RPC 125 seemed like it came from inside a whale. Deep, cavernous and huge.

The next day, I called Ron Coelho and asked him to make me a work of art. I'm still blowing that first RPC 125 tenor. It is miraculous. Fat, resonant, powerful and smooth as silk. Wow!! I can shake the rafters with that piece and at the same whisper like a soft little kitten. Then I had him make a lead alto piece...WOW again!

All of my RPC's are works of art!! Thank you Ron. I'm so happy you're on the planet. We all need you."

Jean from Switzerland...

"Ron, what can I add that hasn't been said ? Your 95F is brilliant!!!"

"Ron, I got my mouthpiece yesterday(Alto 95f) and played on it for about ten minutes. I love it. I had another chance to play with the swing band tonight and I can say this is truly an awesome mouthpiece. Excellent response throughout the range of the horn, very warm but has the edge to play out in front and excellent intonation. It plays effortlessly. I can truly say that this mouthpiece is everything you said it would be. I've already told our tenor sax player about it and he heard it and was truly impressed. Hopefully you can get another sale, it's definitely worth the wait and is exactly what I wanted. Thanks for the great mouthpiece. I'll be talking to you soon." -Alan V.

Hi Ron.

"Just wanted to say I received my alto piece 2 weeks ago,and I'm delighted! I played it that same night at a 'posh' restaurant gig VERY quietly for the 1st half...no problem. I've been playing for 25 years, and I feel like I've just improved 30 percent! It's a wonderfull thing you're doing,man." -Gareth Christian

"Ron, I just got my new tenor 105 today, and spent about three hours with it. WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! Thank you." -Mike Van Arsdale USAF Heritage of America Band Langley AFB, VA

"Thank you for the wonderful mouthpiece, I discover new possibilities each time I play! This is just the thing for an advancing amatuer like myself. It's a joy to have something that delivers on the promised premise!" -James Andrews

"Ron, Just received my mouthpiece. Put it on the old alto Selmer and WOW! Top to bottom, complete easy control and what a sound! I am using Rico Select Jazz #2 medium unfiled reeds. The whole tone of the horn has mellowed and become brighter at the same time. The entire horn is more relaxed and playable. It has released the work part of playing and give me a freedom with the horn which I have never had before. The night I put the mouthpiece on and started playing some of my warm-up rips and standbys, my wife poked her head in the studio, and asked if I had bought a new horn. She said she loved the 'new' sound. This is from a woman who has heard me play since Jr. High School in 1965! She has always liked my music, but she now comes in, lays her head back and just closes her eyes and 'grooves' while I croon through this horn. I have played for 35 years, with 30 years on this Selmer, both semi pro and amateur, I have to say, this is the best thing to happen to me and my sax in my entire sax career. Thanks!" -Richard J.
"Ron, Just wanted to let you know I got the mouthpiece on Saturday. I'm totally knocked out. You've pretty much given me everything I like about my old Berg (the tone) and fixed all the problems I had with it (response, intonation). Anyhow, I'll write more later after I get a chance to try it out with the whole band. thanks for making me a great mouthpiece!" -Jeff K.
"I just finished blowing the mouthpiece in my studio for a half hour, and I took it to a jam sesson last night, where I was very pleased. I especially like the beak and the facing. I'm not sure if I actually want to change anything, the more I play it, the more I'm digging it. (Rico Jazz Select 3s, clipped) It has Lovano and Wayne Shorter tones in it, which is very exciting. (Hope you like those guys). I'm looking foward to trying some different reeds on it. Nice piece in Down Beat, by the way!! Stay cool." -Joel V.

"Hi Ron. I received the Baritone mouthpiece today. Wow - very impressive! At first I thought it was going to be a bit too 'dark', but that quickly faded away. I've never played a mouthpiece that could handle such a wide dynamic range before - your mouthpiece handles both ppp, fff and all in between equally well. I was very impressed at how your piece blew away my Otto Link #10 in the high register - the Link was thin in the highs, but not your piece; there's nothing thin about it (which reminds me of another question). And as for the low end, the new piece is more powerful than the Link, even though the Link is more open. The intonation is also very good - everything pretty much on the money according to my tuner. I tested it with #2 Hemke, 2 1/2 Rico (regular) and #2 Prestini reeds (I bought 'em on eBay, just to try 'em). The Hemkes and Ricos both played well (the 2 1/2 might have been a tad stuffy), but the Prestinis were just too hard. The piece has 'balls', yet it can handle quiet playing very well..." -Rick P.

"Hi Ron. My first impression was less than enthusiastic. It looked clean, but nothing special. Round chamber and no high baffle. I thought OK this is going to be another dark uninteresting no volume mouthpiece to throw in the drawer with the others. I put on a reed and played a few minutes. YUK!! didn't like it one bit.... but then that is what happens when I try all new mouthpieces. I changed the reed and played again.... Hey! not bad. A little reed adjustment here and there and WOW!!!!!!!! I was floored. Big and I mean BIG! sound with enough brightness to keep me happy and as much volume as I could produce yet it responded beautifully at pianisimo levels. Very complex sound that allows me endless expression. I never had a mouthpiece perform like that out of the box. Yeh, I could get most mouthpieces to do what I wanted but it ususally required some fore thought and preparation. I am no longer a slave to my mouthpiece. I don't have to sacrifice tone, response and intonation for edge and power. P.S. Dig the harmonics also." -Rick D.

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