But there is the loose end caused by Gregory's ex-son-in-law starting a business (Gale Products, Inc.), that business failing within a year, and some assets being sold to a local jeweler (Cesar Tschudin). Tschudin partnered with Elmer Beechler for about a year, that business ended, and then years later Tschudin sold his business to Charles Bay. As part of the purchase, Charles Bay ended up with some of the original Gale Products, Inc. molds. People have speculated that he may have ended up with M.C. Gregory molds, in part because Bay hinted at that years later. There was no real evidence until a few days ago.
Charles Bay passed away and months later things started showing up on Ebay that were listed as being from the estate of Charles Bay. It was kind of odd in that his son, Jonathan Bay, continues on with the mouthpiece and ligature business, yet the items sold on Ebay were clearly being liquidated by sellers who didn't have a clue as to what they were selling, other than the items were claimed to be from the estate of Charles Bay. It would appear that his son decided that the items had no value to the ongoing business and maybe little value overall such that the could simply be liquidated by someone without any idea of the item's value, or even purpose. The listings said things like "I think this is a saxophone mouthpiece" or a "mouthpiece shaping tool mold." Things like that.
Having yet to find a shred of evidence that M.C. Gregory was ever affiliated with Gale Products, Inc., or later with Cesar Tschudin, we can now look at the molds that were in the possession of Charles Bay and see if there are any M.C. Gregory molds. Nine molds appear to have been sold so far on Ebay, most of them for tenor saxophone (no clarinet molds). I contacted the seller and he said that there are no more.
Here is the first one.
This one is interesting mainly because it is so different from the others. It appears to have been gouged out of two solid blocks of steel.
The table area wouldn't be flat, the shank isn't symmetrical, the casting would be rough, and there would be a huge seam flash, all of which could be milled off with hours of finish work. The purpose of molding is, of course, to eliminate the subsequent milling. When you compare this mold to the following ones, you will wonder if this one was ever used more than a few times. It does have a shank plug that has a ring to create a space for a subsequent shank band, but that's not enough for me to believe this mold has anything to do with an M.C. Gregory Model A or B (except possibly an attempt to mimic a Gregory piece).
Here is a more refined mold with much more complex milling and machining in its fabrication.
The alto mold above was created by drilling a cone shaped hole through two joined blocks of steel. Then an exact fitting cone shaped piece of steel was shaped to make the beak and another shaped to make the reverse shaped shank and neck opening. A plate was added on both halves to create a flat table. And, as above, a section was formed for the chamber plug to fit in. Note that the pin arrangement for the chamber plug on this mold is different than for the above mold. It is odd that the chamber plugs for the molds sold on Ebay do not seem to be interchangeable and the molds are stamped as to which plug works with which individual mold.
Along with the molds, there were some blank mouthpieces from the estate of Charles Bay that showed up on Ebay. Most of them were chipped or had some other defect. Some of them may even be from other makers and just ended up in the same box. Regardless, you can find the unbanded cone-shank Gale "Companion" (above) in this selection.
The above mold would produce the alto piece that is in the top row 5th from the right. It would produce a finished mouthpiece like this.
Here's another alto mold. This one has a fitting to create a spot for a ring shank. It also has a fairly short cone-shaped shank. Note that the separate chamber plug could not be used on the alto shown above because of a different guide pin pattern.