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" Meyer Bros."
    (New York, 1936 - 1971)

    History and models

* Frank J. and Edward.G Meyer had varied experience in the field of mouthpieces from 1916.
 
* April 28, 1931. They patented, together with Otto Link,  a design for a hard rubber tooth rest or bite inlay for metal mouthpieces.

* 1936 The Meyer Bros Mouthpiece Company was founded.
    First model: metal series I.

* April 1937.
    New "Tru-Flex" facing available.

 
* November 1938:  
    New model hard rubber serie 1A 

     
the company, formerly located at Glendale, L. I., N. Y., opened offices, sales and 
    show
room 
at 167 West 48th Street, New York.
     the factory remained at 7701 - 87th St Long Island, New York.

*
Next model: Serie 1B

* October 1939.
    New model: "Crystalyte".

 
* April 1948:  The firm moves to Box 145, QueensVillage, New York.
    New model Serie II 
    "Crystalyte"mouthpieces production ceased.
      Metal mouthpiece produced ceased.


* New model: Meyer Bros Serie III

* 1954: the firm moves to 
P.O 367 Northport, New York 
* New line of saxophone and clarinet     mouthpieces.  * Soprano, alto, tenor, baritone sax,   Bb and bass clarinet.
(Meyer Bros Serie IV).


*1960
      New model: Meyer NYUSA PhaseA

*1970.
      Meyer NYUSa phase B
 
* 1971: JJ Babbitt company purchased the Meyer Bros mouthpiece company from Ed J Meyer.
 
* The 1 of July 1972 the firm was incorporated to J.J Babbitt.
Meyer Bros.
Metal serie I

 (1936-1948)
7701-87th St L.I NY New York
 
*First serie of Meyer Bros sax mouthpieces, 
 
* First serie was made in silver alloyed
         with other semi precious metals.
 
* Later made in gold plated brass.
 
* Facings from n° 2 to n° 6
 
* 3 facings lengths: S (Short), M (Medium),L (Long ).  
* 1 chamber type only
   (large typical design of the 30's)
 
Available for:
   Soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone
   and bass sax. 
 
* Eb, Bb, bass clarinet
 
* Trumpet , cornet, trombone, tuba, alto, 
         french horn.
Below: Alto model
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Below: 
official tip openings for Meyer Bros metal Serie I.

"Tru-Flex" facings                       (April 1937>)

 * New "Tru-Flex" facing table available on all models, together with Meyer plain facings.
  Below: Bb Clarinet Meyer Bros Serie I, "Tru-Flex " facing.
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Meyer Bros. 
Hard rubber serie 1 phase A  (1938>)

* New: from 1938 saxophones and clarinet
    mouthpieces also available in hard rubber.
 
* Tip range : from 2 to 6.
 
* Same facings and chambers as metal Series
   1 models.

 
* "Meyer" written lengthwise on body.
 
*  Short shank with rounded edge.
 
* "New York " stamped on shank, top side.
 
* "Meyer Bros" stamped on shank, table side.
 
* Available with "Tru-Flex" or plain facings.
Below: Alto Chamber with "Tru-Flex" facing.
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Below: Alto and tenor sax models.
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Below: 
official tip openings for Meyer Bros hard rubber Serie I - Phase A.
Meyer Bros. :
 
Serie I " Sam Marcus Special " 
(1938 >1948)
   Alto and tenor sax.

Saxophonist Sam Marcus, born 1910, died August 23, 2007, in Winchester, Mass.

At a time when much of the music that is now categorized as jazz was the popular music of the day, and Boston New England Conservatory's Popular Music department had its heyday, Marcus designed much of the department's curriculum at the invitation of NEC Director Quincy Porter. Marcus himself had come to NEC in the 1920s to study saxophone, but with no instructor available in that instrument at the time he was put on clarinet. This was his first lesson in the importance of versatility.

As head of the local Musician's Union at a time when it had thousands of members, most of them finding lucrative employment in dance bands, Marcus knew that he had to prepare professional musicians to be expert sightreaders and transposers, ready for a wide spectrum of charts and tunes. He himself had to prepare charts every week for two separate radio bands, one of which broadcast from NEC. He created courses in "Practical Theory" and "Rhythm Physics." Marcus said that when the Popular Music students walked into a classical harmony class with his courses under their belts, "they knocked the subject for a loop!"

In 1947, Marcus expanded on his ideas of pedagogy when he and Nicholas Slonimsky opened the School of Contemporary Music on Boston's Newbury Street. In the 1970s, he served as president of the Boston Musicians' Association, by which time he was also working as a commercial real estate broker.

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Meyer Bros.
Hard rubber Serie I  phase B

(>1948)

* 6.20 mm width cut out "Tru-Flex" facing.
 
* Narrower chamber ( very similar to later Serie II)
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Below:
 * (left ) first serie 1A of "Tru-flex" facing. 
   Cut out 10.9 mm width. Large chamber.
 * (right) second serie 1B of "Tru-Flex" facing : cut out 6.20 mm width. Narrower chamber.
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Below: 
official tip openings for Meyer Bros Hard Rubber Serie I- Phase B.

New "Crystalyte" mouthpieces

(October 1939 > 1948)
* Introducing " Crystalyte" mouthpiece line for clarinet and saxophone.
 
 * Same design, chamber, facing and tip openings as hard rubber serie I
 
 * Brass instrument mouthpieces manufacture ceased.
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Meyer Bros.

 Hard rubber Serie II 

(1948>)
* New line of sax mouthpieces in hard 
       rubber.

* Soprano, alto, tenor, baritone sax,
       Bb and bass clarinet            
 
* New tip opening range, from 2 to 10. 
 
* New 3 distinct facing lengths
     
Short / Medium/ Long but with
     
old flat facing curves from serie I.
 
* New 3 types of chamber
        (small, medium, large) stamped
        on top side of shank. 
 
* New 3 distinct body lenghts for each  
       chambers.
 
 * "New York" stamped on the shank,
        table side.
 
* Short shank with rounded edges at end of 
        shank like serie I.
 
* Old flat facing curves from Serie I.
 
 * Available also with "Tru-Flex" facing  
       table. (Cut out 6,20 mm width).
 
* No longer metal mouthpieces.
 
* No longer "Crystalyte" mouthpieces.
 
* No longer mouthpieces for C melody, bass          sax or Eb clarinet. 
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Above: Meyer Bros alto Serie II plain facing

Below: Meyer bros alto "Tru-Flex" facing.

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See also Special Serie II model mouthpieces:
 
 
Below: 
official tip openings for Meyer Bros Serie II.
Meyer Bros. :
Serie II " Sam Marcus Special " 
(1948 >)

Saxophonist Sam Marcus, born 1910, died August 23, 2007, in Winchester, Mass.

At a time when much of the music that is now categorized as jazz was the popular music of the day, and Boston New England Conservatory's Popular Music department had its heyday, Marcus designed much of the department's curriculum at the invitation of NEC Director Quincy Porter. Marcus himself had come to NEC in the 1920s to study saxophone, but with no instructor available in that instrument at the time he was put on clarinet. This was his first lesson in the importance of versatility.

As head of the musician's union local at a time when it had thousands of members, most of them finding lucrative employment in dance bands, Marcus knew that he had to prepare professional musicians to be expert sightreaders and transposers, ready for a wide spectrum of charts and tunes. He himself had to prepare charts every week for two separate radio bands, one of which broadcast from NEC. He created courses in "Practical Theory" and "Rhythm Physics." Marcus said that when the Popular Music students walked into a classical harmony class with his courses under their belts, "they knocked the subject for a loop!"

In 1947, Marcus expanded on his ideas of pedagogy when he and Nicholas Slonimsky opened the School of Contemporary Music on Boston's Newbury Street. In the 1970s, he served as president of the Boston Musicians' Association, by which time he was also working as a commercial real estate broker.

 Meyer Bros.
  Hard rubber Serie III
* New line of hard rubber mouthpieces

* Soprano, alto, tenor, baritone sax,
    Bb and bass clarinet.
 
* Tip opening range from 2 to 10
 
* 3 New distinct facing lengths with modern
      curve, though some still have old longer
      facing curve.
 
* New 3 distinct chamber design again.
   stamped on top side of shank.
   "small", "Medium", "Large".
 
* 3 distinct body lengths for each chambers
 
* "New York" Stamped on shank, table 
         side.
 
* New Longer shank design with acute     
        angle at end of shank.
 
* New modern more curved facings. 
 
* No longer "Tru-Flex" facings.
 
* Some rare late Serie III have new
   shank stampings of the Serie IV.
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Below: Serie II with rounded edge short shank and Serie III with acute edge long shank.
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Below: 3 Serie III alto mouthpieces.
Each chamber with is own individual lenght to insure proper tuning.
Below: 
official tip openings for Meyer Bros Serie III.

 Meyer Bros.
  Hard rubber Serie IV

* The firm moves to:
     P.O 367 Northport, New York
 * New line of saxophone and clarinet
     mouthpieces.
  * Soprano, alto, tenor, baritone sax,
   Bb and bass clarinet.
   
* Tip opening range from 2 to 10
 
 * New chamber design for each 3 type   
    of chambers.
 
 * New: only one body length for each chamber.
 
 * The type of chamber is stamped on the shank,        table side, as follow:
     " small chamber", "medium chamber", "large          chamber".
 
 * Slightly longer shank than Serie III.
 
 * "New York" stamped on top side of shank.
 
 * Same 3 distinct facings lengths as Serie III.
 
 * Same modern curved facings as Serie III.    
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Above: the alto medium chamber model.
(left and below)
 typical box of  serie III and IV
   (alto model).
 * 101 mm long. 
 * "Times New Roman" Font.
 (original price tag was only  16,00 $.... )

Below: 

 Alternative box ( very old 30 's design) used for Serie I, II, III and early IV.
Below: 
Bb clarinet medium chamber model.
Below:
Bass clarinet medium chamber model
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Below: 
official tip openings for Meyer Bros Serie IV.
Meyer  Bros.
  "New York usa" model.
   Serie V -  Phase A


  (1960>1970)
* New line of mouthpieces with new 
         external design  (thinner body). 
 
* Retain same 3 chambers design 
   and rounded inner side walls of Meyer Bros Serie IV
 
* Shorter window length than Serie IV.
 
* Facings available from N°1 to N°12
 
* tip opening of alto n° 5 is often slightly
         more opene than the alto Series IV.
 
* Retain 3 type of facing lengths:
   Stamped by a letter ( S, M, L) in the 
   diamond shapped logo "meyer lapped facing"
   ( Short - Medium - Long )
       
* Same modern curved facings as serie IV
 
* "New York usa" stamped on shank, top side.
Below: 
   the alto New York Usa Phase A box.
    ( same as serie IV)
 * 101 mm long.
 * "Times New Roman"font.

Below: 

Bb clarinet medium chamber model
Below and above:                      Alto medium chamber model.
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Below: 
official tip openings for Meyer Bros NYUSA Serie V - Phase A.
Meyer  Bros.
  "New York usa" model.
   Serie V - Phase B


  (1970>1971)
* Inner side walls are less rounded than
       phase A. 
 * Facings are made with an horizontal
       milling machine.
 *  The facing finish work is not as good as             the phase A or earlier Bros mpc's.
 * The bottom tip of diamond shaped
       logo "Meyer lapped facing " which is 
       stamped on table, no longer touches
       the end of table (shank side).
 * New chamber and thinner external body 
       for baritone sax.

Below: Alto Phase A and B

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Below:
Alto New York Usa Phase B box
 * Stamped "Meyer Bros"
* 101 mm long
* "Arial" font
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Below:

 Meyer New York USA serie 5 baritone mouthpiece, phase A and later thinner body B phase.
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Below: 
official tip openings for Meyer Bros NYUSA Serie V - Phase B.

Meyer " Early Babbitt"
(1971> 1987)

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 * J.J babbitt company  puchased the Meyer Bros mouthpiece company  from Ed J. Meyer.
 * 1 July 1972 the company was incorporated into J.J.Babbitt.
 * Box still stamped "Meyer Bros." until 1987.

 * Facings available now from N°4 to N°10.
 * Same blank as Serie V phase B.
 * "Made in usa "stamped on shank.
 * Still good hard rubber.
 * Facings are made with an horizontal milling machine.
 * Facing  finish work is absolutely not like earlier model, New York usa phase A.
 * Box "Arial font", lenght 101 mm or 114 mm, like tenor box (as pictured).
 * New line of metal mouthpieces for alto and tenor sax from at least 1987.
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Below: 
official tip openings for Meyer "Early Babbitt".
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