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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 since 1916.
 
* April 28, 1931. They patented, together with Otto Link,  a design about hard rubber thoot rest  inlay for metal mouthpieces.

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

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

 
* November 1938:  
    New model hard rubber serie 1A 

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

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Next model: Serie 1B

* October 1939.
    New model: "Crystalyte".

 
* April 1948:  The firm moves to Box 145, QueensVillage, New York.
    New model Serie II 
    No longer "Crystalyte"mouthpieces produced.
    No longer metal mouthpiece produced.


* Next 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 lenghts: 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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"Tru-Flex" facings                       (April 1937>)

 * New "Tru-Flex" facing table available on all model, 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 available also in hard rubber.
 
* Tip range : from 2 to 6.
 
* Same facings and chamber as metal serie
   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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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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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
 
 * No longer mouthpieces for brass instruments
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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 lenghts
     
Short / Medium/ Long but wit
     
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:
 
 

 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 lenghts 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 lenght 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.

 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 lenght 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 lenghts as Serie III.
 
 * Same modern curved facings as Serie III.    
Meyer  Bros.
  "New York usa" model.
   Serie V -  Phase A


  (1960>1970)
Meyer  Bros.
  "New York usa" model.
   Serie V - Phase B


  (1970>1971)

Meyer " Early Babbitt"
(1971> 1987)

 * J.J babbitt company  puchased the Meyer Bros mouthpiece company  from Ed J. Meyer 
 
  * 1 July 1972 the firm was incorporated to 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 lenght 101 mm or 114 mm, like tenor box (as pictured)
 
  * New line of metal mouthpiecefor alto and tenor sax at least since 1987
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