Guardala Tenor (1990's) Michael Brecker 1 - Gold Plate, 5 Digit Serial Number
Here is a vintage 1990’s Dave Guardala Handmade Michael Brecker Model in gold plate. It is marked “DG MB” and serial number 10302. This piece measures .119” on my gauge.
Handmade Guardalas are getting very difficult to find. The plating on this piece is in very good to excellent condition but there is some wear in a few places including the rails and some plating loss on the baffle. Since we do not know the entire history of this piece it is not certain whether or not this piece is original, although the facing schedule shows that the original curve is intact. This piece will benefit from a few small adjustments to make sure it plays its best.
While this mouthpiece measures completely even from side to side at the tip, both with a tip gauge, and the traditional feeler gauges used to measure the facing, there does appear to be a small dent at the very tip.
Examining this mouthpiece we see some of the features that make it distinctive. This mouthpiece has a long step baffle that drops into a low secondary ramp much like a Dukoff Super Power Chamber. Dave’s innovations on this design include, a widened window, and a very open throat that expands into a deep chamber. The lower ramp blends very nicely with the actual floor of the chamber. The result is a very powerful and flexible design that can be used in a variety of musical contexts.
Dave Guardala was an innovative manufacturer who began his custom line of mouthpieces by manually machining blanks and finishing them by hand. He was able to provide a variety of geometries by changing the internal geometry by either changing the chamber size, or the height and length of the baffle or a combination of both. Original customers of Dave Guardala included Bill Evans, Michael Brecker, Tom Scott, Branford Marsalis and others.
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