Charles Bay

Discussion in 'Mouthpieces' started by Carl H., Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Carl H.

    Carl H. Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

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    I have in my hands a Charles Bay soprano mouthpiece with the marking

    O-L
    H1644

    hand engraved on the side. It is in a tube marked with a gold foil label:

    ARTIST QUALITY
    BAY-GALE MOUTHPIECES
    FOR CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE
    CUSTOM - MADE BY
    CHARLES BAY

    I slapped a reed on it ind it plays quite nicely, if a bit mellow for my tastes. It belongs to a friend and he wants to know what there is to know about it.

    The original price sticker on the tube is for $40.00 - hand written. The cork is good, engraving sharp and fully colored - white. It has been played, but it is not chewed on at all, and a disreputable dealer could buff this and sell it as new - vintage. Facing is clean with no nicks or other marks.


    What do the engraved markings mean, and how much might this be worth?
     
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  2. Merlin

    Merlin Content Expert/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Not sure on the value, though I'd give you double the sticker price sight unseen!

    O - open tip
    L - long facing curve.

    You'll see a lot of Bay clarinet mouthpieces marked "MOM" - that's Medium Open tip, medium facing curve.

    Almost everything I've ever tried by Bay is great. I have one of his clarinet ligs on my setup at the moment.
     

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