• 3 DIGIT GUARDALA HANDMADE STUDIO

    $1,995.00Price

    HERE IS AN ORIGINAL CONDITION 1980'S DAVE GUARDALA HANDMADE ALTO. IT IS MARKED "DG  SGA" SERIAL 381. EARLY HANDMADE, 3 DIGIT SERIAL PIECES IN ORIGINAL CONDITION ARE GETTING NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND. 

     

    THIS PARTICULAR MOUTHPIECE IS PART OF A COLLECTION OF MOUTHPIECES BELONGING TO VETERAN WOODWIND PLAYER, VERN DORGE. AMONG VERN'S MANY ACCOLADES, HE WAS A TOURING MUSICIAN WITH BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS GOING BACK TO THE LATE 1970'S. THIS PARTICULAR MOUTHPIECE WAS AMONG THE VERY FIRST AVAILABLE IN TORONTO BACK IN THE LATE1980'S AT LONG AND MCQUADE MUSIC AND INCLUDES THE ORIGINAL PACKAGING. THE FACING ON THIS PIECE IS INTACT BUT LIKE MANY EARLY GUARDALAS, SUFFERS FROM SLIGHT PLATING WEAR FROM PROFESSIONAL USE. PLATING IS ABOUT 90% WITH SLIGHT BLISTERING ON THE TABLE, ALSO NOT UNCOMMON FOR THIS ERA OF GUARDALA.

     

    EXAMINING THIS  MOUTHPIECE WE SEE SOME OF THE FEATURES THAT MAKE IT DISTINCTIVE. THIS MOUTHPIECE HAS A CONCAVE STEP BAFFLE THAT ABRUBPTLY STOPS INTO AN ENLARGED BULLET SHAPE. WHEN COMPARED TO THE TRAD. BEPOB, THE STUDIO ALTO HAS A TIGHTER SQUEEZE IN THE THROAT FOR A MORE COMPACT VOICE. THE GUARDALA STUDIO IS DESIGNED FOR STUDIO AND COMMERCIAL PLAYERS LOOKING FOR A CONTEMPORARY, SANBORN STUDIO SOUND. 

     

    DAVE GUARDALA WAS AN INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURER WHO BEGAN HIS BUSINESS BY HAND MACHININING BLANKS AND FINISHING THEM OUT WITH FILES. HE WAS ABLE TO ACHIEVE DIFFERNENT LEVELS OF BRIGHTNESS BY CHANGING THE INTERNAL GEOMETRY EITHER BY CHANGING CHAMBER SIZE OR THE HEIGHT AND LENGTH OF THE BAFFLE OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH. HE ORIGINALLY BECAME FAMOUS BY MAKING MOUTHPIECES FOR THE LIKES OF DAVE LIEBMAN, BILL EVANS, BRANFORD MARSALIS, TOM SCOTT AND OF COURSE, MICHAEL BRECKER. 

     

     

     

     

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      Returns will not be accepted without prior agreement with Sebastian Knox Woodwinds.  All returns will be subject to a restocking fee of $75.

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