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Saxophone Mouthpieces

Saxophone Mouthpieces

In the case of the single reed instrument such as the saxophone the mouthpiece is usually separate to the instrument. The chief purpose of the mouthpiece is to provide an opening through which the instrument can be blown. Air enters the instrument via the mouthpiece (via the mouth) and one end of the air chamber vibrates via the combination of the air stream (formed by our own breath) and the saxophone reed.

Saxophone mouthpieces are "wedge-shaped" - the single reed is placed against the table of the mouthpiece in contact with the player's bottom lip. When blown, the reed vibrates,causing the air column inside the instrument to do likewise. The shape of the inside of the saxophone mouthpiece has a huge affect on the sound of the instrument. As a general rule, mouthpieces with a large rounded chamber sound very different to ones with a small or square chamber.

TIP OPENING: The distance between the tip of the mouthpiece and the tip of the reed.

FACING: The curved section that leaves the "table" and continues to the tip of the mouthpiece. The length of a facing is defined as the distance from the tip of the mouthpiece to the point where the reed and mouthpiece meet. See sax mouthpiece picture above.

The different elements of a mouthpiece (facing length, tip opening and chamber size) all have a different effect on the sound produced. Short facings on a mouthpiece tend to be linked with a wider tip opening (Jazz players sometimes use this combination) also with a softer reed - volume is increased with this arrangement. Long facings combined with narrower tip openings and harder reeds make pianoissimo playing easier but make volume less easy to obtain.

The saxophone mouthpiece chamber or interior space has more effect on the tone of the instrument. Eg the size of baffle and shape of the chamber will affect whether the tone is clean or buzzy, mellow or bright. But it should be stressed that all these characteristics will alter depending on the way the instrument is blown and the embouchure of the player. Playing style counts for a lot. You may buy a jazz mouthpiece (or one that is meant to sound right for a jazz musician) but that does not necessarily make you a jazz player....

Saxophone Mouthpieces - Otto Link, Vandoren, Yamaha, Meyer, Selmer

The saxophone mouthpiece is much like the clarinet mouthpiece, but the saxophone's crook has a ring of cork glued to it instead of having a tenon. The saxophone mouthpiece is then fitted over this cork, usually with about a quarter inch showing. There are a great many mouthpieces available, making choosing the right one incredibly difficult. You may borrow a friend's mouthpiece, decide you like it, buy the exact same one and yet not achieve the same result from it... Some of the mouthpieces we supply are: Meyer, Selmer, Vandoren, Otto Link, Yamaha, David Hite there are many more. Please contact us if you can't find the one you want. There is information about the "creation" of the saxophone in the "Saxophone" Section. When inventing the instrument, Adolphe Sax stipulated that the mouthpiece have a "large and round" interior, and so it was until about the 1930s when Jazz musicians began to experiment with sound, and so with the interior and exterior shape of their mouthpieces in order to alter and personalise the specific sounds they wanted.

Changes to the design were often to a narrower chamber for a brighter tone, especially for classically inclined musicians. Some purists felt the Sax's design should not be altered, but by the 1970s the narrower chamber was pretty much the norm for "classical" players. Large chambered mouthpieces virtually ceased to be, and for a while only old versions existed.

Mouthpieces are usually made of hard (vulcanised) rubber or brass (sometimes gold or silver plated to prevent tarninshing and occasionally human reaction to the metal). Other materials include stainless steel, bronze, plastic, crystal and wood (rarely). The chief difference is between metal and rubber although some argue that it is the specification - shape of the mouthpiece that affects tone rather than the material. Either way, the facing and tip opening on a mouthpiece may be altered, but is an extremely specialised process and not one undertaken lightly. We are talking fractions of a millimetre. Too much and the mouthpiece is rendered useless.

Sopranino Saxophone Mouthpieces

Sopranino Saxophone Mouthpieces

Sopranino Saxophone Mouthpieces - For the smallest saxophone in the saxophone family.

Soprano Saxophone Mouthpieces

Soprano Saxophone Mouthpieces

Soprano Saxophone Mouthpieces - from Vandoren, Yamaha, Yanagisawa, and Selmer. The Soprano Saxophone is in the key of Bb - the second smallest of the saxophone family.

Alto Saxophone Mouthpieces

Alto Saxophone Mouthpieces

The alto saxophone mouthpieces we supply are from Meyer, Otto Link, Lawton, (metal and rubber) Selmer, Vandoren, Davide Hite and Yamaha.

Tenor Saxophone Mouthpieces

Tenor Saxophone Mouthpieces

The tenor saxophone mouthpieces we supply come from Vandoren, Otto Link, Yamaha, David Hite, Lawton and Selmer.

Mouthpiece Testing by Mail

Up to three mouthpieces can be taken at one time. All three must be paid for.
Protection must be used to prevent bitemarks on mouthpiece. Damaged mouthpieces cannot be returned.
If you do not possess mouthpiece patches (and wish to try woodwind mouthpieces) please order from the site.
Mouthpieces not required must be returned within 7 days of receiving them.
20% surcharge for cost of mouthpieces if this service is used.

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