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M C Gregory Model B 4A 20 Alto Mouthpiece Circa 1936-1947 (Ref 214)****SOLD****

M C Gregory Model B 4A 20 Alto Mouthpiece Circa 1936-1947 (Ref 214)****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 M C Gregory Alto sax mouthpiece.

Markings: (Rico Products Ltd Distributors) 12307 4A on one side and 20 on the other.
Tip opening 4, Facing = Medium, 20 = Large Chamber
Tip Opening: (1/100mm = 165), 0.065″ or 65, Chamber = Round top/bottom (narrower at top), flat sides.
Good condition, some slight teeth marks, no damage.
Includes: mouthpiece, no ligature or cap.

M.C. Gregory (Malcolm Culver Gregory) was born in Beloit, Wisconsin on April 26, 1891. M.C. Gregory started his mouthpiece business around 1936. He made his own mouthpieces with the help of his wife Gladys. He also was a manager for Rico Products who distributed his mouthpieces for him. The first M.C. Gregory mouthpieces appear in the 1937 Selmer U.S.A. catalog.

1936-1947: Gregory Model B

Made from the same great hard rubber as the Model A but with flat inner side walls. The chambers are a lot like a Brilhart Ebolin or Tonalin. These have almost no baffle too, making them a VERY dark sounding mouthpiece. In fact they are too dark for most musicians and are rarely played. They look similar in design to the model A on the outside except for the fact that they have very narrow bodies that actually take an alto ligature. In general, these mouthpiece play nothing like the Model A.

It is rumored that Gregory retired in 1947, which is why the Model A and Model B mouthpiece production ended. M.C. Gregory later passed away in 1955. If the serial numbers for Model A’s and Model B’s are accurate there would have been approximately 12,500 of them made between from 1936-1947.

Description

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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