Brilhart "Designed by Arnold Brilhart, Great Neck, NY" Tenor
Hard Rubber, (RAC Reface) - 0.090"
- Make: Brilhart
- Model: Designed by Arnold Brilhart, Version 2
- Number: 1 (now 4)
- Era: 1940-42
- Status: SOLD
- Ligature: N/A
- Facing: Bob Carpenter/WWS Reface
- Tip-Size: 0.090"
Looking for an early Otto Link for half the price!? This is your best option!
A research piece!: Serial Number 8803 currently not tracked on Theo Wanne mouthpiece info pages - This mouthpiece may be one of the later ones made (1942+). According to Wanne's current listings, the hard rubber Version 1 & 2 were made from #7895-7900. Version 2(small font) starting in 1940. This mouthpiece is the small font option. At any rate, it was made about 1942 and was perhaps one of the transition pieces into the "Great Neck" model era. It is my inclination to say: by the end of the run, you can bet they had figured out how to make them well! aka: this could be a good one.
These are one of the best Hard Rubber Mouthpieces ever made. These have a a Nice big sound, medium tone, not too dark, not too bright. The rounded side walls and medium+ chamber are very similar to the Otto Links from the same era.
It arrived with an original #1 tip - too small to enjoy. So I visited Bob Carpenter and asked him to open it up as far as we can go, hoping to get to 85-95. It maxed out at 0.090", or comparable to about an Otto Link 6. After some final finesse work by me, plus script enhancement (new gold), you can see that this mouthpiece cleaned up very nicely.
Sound Files to enjoy on the next Model: "Hard Rubber" (Note: most are 0.097" tips or larger):
***Actual Mouthpiece on Track 1(second mouthpiece used to compare three Selmer SBAs)!
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Listen to the 'pop' on this mouthpiece!
Mouthpiece pop, reed seal, video