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Brilhart Tonalin Great Neck New York 4 Alto Mouthpiece Circa 1940’s (Ref 218) ****SOLD****

Brilhart Tonalin Great Neck New York 4 Alto Mouthpiece Circa 1940’s (Ref 218)****SOLD****

Selling on behalf of the Estate of the late great jazz player and teacher, George Galway R.I.P..

Here’s a great opportunity to take ownership of this rare Brilhart Tonalin Alto sax mouthpiece.

In 1942 Brilhart started to use their new logo with the mouthpiece on the left, and the reed on the right.
Even though these had flat side walls, they also had a unique chamber with the inside ground out bigger than the later models. This made these especially good playing. The first ones had the tip opening marked on the table. Later, they stamped them on the back.

These still had a large five digit ‘Old Fashioned’ font with Great Neck, NY was stamped on the shank.

Good condition. Evidence of a small resin crack repair to the LH side of tip but looks perfectly serviceable.
Tip Opening: (1/100mm = 180), 0.070″ or 70, Chamber = Round with flat sides

Includes: mouthpiece, no ligature or cap.



This mouthpiece is part of the Estate of George Galway who passed away aged 79 in October 2020.

He began playing the saxophone professionally while still in his teens, as part of many dance showbands in late-1950s Belfast. 

He moved to Manchester in the 1970s and began a successful career as a music teacher, but still gigged constantly all around the country. 

George didn’t slow down in any way until about 2015, and having lived the world of jazz for nearly seven decades, he had built up an immense repertoire and wealth of knowledge about the saxophone instrument, with its many brands, series, metals, construction and playing techniques, mouthpieces and so on.
He carefully selected each piece over the years – both for their monetary investment value, as well as the personal joy he got from using them on one of his many saxes.

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