The Legends BC Master: inspired by the last mouthpiece played by the legendary Bill Chase. This rim has an inside diameter .625″ and is medium round. The cup is a medium shallow bowl, similar in depth to Bach D. The throat is a #30 with the Legends Brass enhanced throat cylinder length, and the backbore is the Legends Manhattan (very focused). In 1971, Schilke copied Bill Chase’s personal Jet-Tone mouthpiece and modified it to create the 6A4A model. Bill Chase had a personal model of the 6A4A, the 6A4Ac. The BC Master rim and cup are identical to the 6A4Ac. Save this piece for when you want to sound like a laser beam and you’re ready to “get it on”!
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Bill Chase Bio:
Bill Chase, trumpeter and leader of the band Chase, was born October 20, 1934 in Squantum, Massachusetts. As a child his parents encouraged his musical interests, which included time on violin and drums before he settled on trumpet in his mid-teens. His musical talent developed quickly. After seeing Stan Kenton’s band featuring Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Childers, Conte Condoli and others, he was hooked on jazz and high note trumpet. After graduating from high school, he studied classical trumpet first at the New England Conservatory but then switched to Berklee College of Music (which was known as Schillinger House of Music at the time). In the late 1950’s to early 1960’s, Chase played lead trumpet with Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd. He then moved on to freelancing in Las Vegas. In 1967 he led a six-piece band at the Dunes and Riviera Hotel, arranging and performing in the lounge production Vive Les Girls. During his time in Las Vegas he began combining rock and jazz, and eventually formed his own jazz-rock fusion band: Chase. The debut album, Chase, was released in 1971. The band skyrocketed to fame with their most popular song “Get It On”, which spent 13 weeks on the charts. The public loved the hallmark Chase sound in which four trumpets, four rhythm instruments and one vocal blended rock, blues, jazz and pop with riveting passion and charisma. The band received a nomination for Best New Artist Grammy that year. They continued performing and recording until 1974, when keyboardist Wally Yohn, guitarist John Emma, drummer Walter Clark, and Bill Chase himself were tragically killed in a plane crash. Even now, more than forty years later, the music of Bill Chase and his band is so intense and exciting that people tend to remember the “first time they heard Chase” as a personal milestone. The early demise of this jazz-rock icon has left us all forever wishing for more.
Early on, Chase used a custom-made Tottle mouthpiece with a Martin Committee model 2B trumpet. He then moved to a custom Jet-Tone mouthpiece with a Getzen 900s trumpet. Jet-Tone marketed a “Chase Model” mouthpiece which was similar, but not identical to the personal piece he actually used. In 1965, he transitioned to Schilke. His personal Jet-Tone mouthpiece was scanned and used to create the Schilke 6A4A. This model was (and still is) available to the public. He used his personal version, the “6A4A c”, with a Schilke B6LB trumpet until his death.
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