MY 4 MOUTHPIECE MODELS AND CATEGORIES:

CATEGORY 1 MOUTHPIECE:

“MERLOT” HARD RUBBER: WARM, OPEN, RICH, FULL-BODIED PIECE WITH PURITY, POWER, CLARITY, AND DEPTH

VERY PERSONAL AND CLASSIC SOUNDING. INCREDIBLE BLUE NOTE ERA SOUND OF THE 50’S AND 60’S AND A VERY MODERN SOUND IS AVAILABLE FROM IT AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE PLAYERS WHO CAN BLOW BRIGHTER!
FOR MODERN GUYS THAT HAVE THE MERLOT VIBE: THINK BERGONZI, FRAHM, POTTER, MINTZER, SEAMUS BLAKE, MARK TURNER, ETC….. YOU CAN ALSO GET A STEVE GROSSMAN OR BOB BERG VIBE FROM IT TOO, IF YOU HAVE THOSE GUYS IN YOUR HEAD. I WANTED A WARM, FULL SOUNDING PIECE THAT WASN’T TOO DARK OR STUFFY AT ALL. THIS HAS A BEAUTIFUL CORE SOUND AND IS INCREDIBLY FLEXIBLE WITH ALL THE SOUND SPECTRUM IT CAN OFFER! ITS A WARM, OPEN MOUTHPIECE FOR ME. IT DOES NOT HAVE THE TUBBINESS OR STUFFINESS OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH HARD RUBBER VINTAGE MOUTHPIECES! I MADE THIS TO SOUND WARM YET WITH PLENTY OF WARM POWER WHEN YOU PUSH IT. IT HAS THE LOWEST BAFFLE OF MY 3 MOUTHPIECES AND THE ALTISSIMO SING WITH A WARMTH AND FULLNESS ON THIS PIECE. THEY DO NOT GET THIN OR EDGY.
LISTEN TO THE AUDIOS OF JOEL FRAHM, THEN TOM MITCHELL, THEN JEFF RUPERT, AND THEN JEFF MORRISON IN MY MERLOT AUDIO SECTION. THIS WILL SHOW YOU THE INCREDIBLE SOUND SPECTRUM IT OFFERS! FAR MORE FOR ME THAN ALL THE WARMER CATEGORY VINTAGE MOUTHPIECES. I WANTED TO MAKE A WARM PLAYING TENOR MOUTHPIECE THAT DIDN’T SOUND JUST LIKE A 60’s SLANT, BUT DOES EVERYTHING THEY CAN DO, AND MUCH MORE. MY PIECES DON’T PUT YOU IN A “SOUND CORNER” AND MAKE YOU SOUND ONE-WAY. MINE OFFER WAY MORE FLEXIBILITY, DEPTH, AND CLARITY TO THE SOUND—–AND WITH MEANING! JOEL FRAHM IS AS PICKY AS THEY COME FOR ACHIEVING THE PERFECT SOUND FOR HIMSELF, AND HE HAS GIGGED ON AND RECORDED WITH MY MERLOT AND ROBUSTO HARD RUBBER MODELS FOR OVER A YEAR AND A HALF NOW. MY MERLOT SIMPLY OFFERS HIM MORE THAN HIS SLANT SIG CAN POSSIBLY OFFER. THE SOUND CAN BE VERY CLEAN OR FLUFFY DEPENDING ON HOW YOU WANT TO PLAY IT. THE HIGH END RELEASES THE SOUND AND DOESN’T MAKE YOU SOUND AIRY OR TUBBY ON THE PALM KEYS. YOU CAN MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THAT, BUT IT WON’T DICTATE THAT ON ITS OWN. THIS PIECE DOES NOT MAKE YOU PLAY “ONE WAY” OR PUT YOU IN A SOUND CORNER LIKE THE VINTAGE MOUTHPIECES. YOU CAN EASILY GO FROM STAN GETZ TO JOEL FRAHM TO BOB BERG WITH THIS PIECE. LIKE A FINE WINE, YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT THIS PIECE WILL CONTINUE TO GET BETTER AND BETTER FOR YOU WITH TIME!
FINALLY, MOUTHPIECES THAT CAN GET BOTH THE VINTAGE VIBE AND MODERN VIBE!

BOTH THE METAL AND HARD RUBBER MERLOTS HAVE LESS HIGHS AND EDGE THAN THE ROBUSTO MODELS.

THE HARD RUBBER MERLOT SMOKES THE VINTAGE SLANT SIG LINKS FOR ME.
THE METAL MERLOT OUTPLAYS THE BEST ORIGINAL DUKOFF HOLLYWOODS, STUBBYS, LINK TONEMASTERS, AND WARM FLORIDA LINKS FOR ME. WAY MORE FLEXIBILITY IN WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THIS PIECE THAN THE VINTAGE WARM CATEGORY METALS.

CATEGORY 2 MOUTHPIECE:

“ROBUSTO” HARD RUBBER: FOR ME, THIS IS GREATEST ALL-AROUND HARD RUBBER JAZZ MOUTHPIECE I’VE EVER PLAYED

FOR ME, THIS IS HARD RUBBER PERFECTION!

I DESIGNED IT TO BE MY PERSONAL TENOR MOUTHPIECE—-AND IT IS. FOR ME, THIS OFFERS THE PERFECT BLEND OF LOWS, MIDS, + HIGHS, AND HAS A RICH COLOR PALETTE AND WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE. THE SOUND HAS A REALLY GREAT CLASSIC WARMTH AND BRIGHTNESS AVAILABLE AND PLENTY OF PUNCH TO IT WHEN PUSHED! THIS HAS A TIMELESS “HARD BOP NY TENOR SOUND” AND A MODERN SOUND IS AVAILABLE FROM IT AT THE SAME TIME. CLASSIC STRAIGHT AHEAD SOUND WITH MORE POWER AND PUNCH AVAILABLE THAN THE TRADITIONAL VINTAGE MOUTHPIECES…AND WITH A NICE CLASSIC SIZZLE ON TOP WHEN YOU WANT IT. LOTS OF ROOM TO LET LOOSE WITH THIS PIECE. IT’S VERY GENE AMMONS ON HIS “BOSS TENORS” ALBUM, AND DEXTER GORDON ON HIS “GO” ALBUM, FOR ME—IT OFFERS GREAT BODY AND DEPTH. IT’S CLEAN AND POWERFUL TOP TO BOTTOM WITH A HUGE BODY OF SOUND. LIKE ALL MY MOUTHPIECES, THE SOUND “OPENS UP” BEAUTIFULLY AS YOU PUSH IT. THIS HAS A LONGER BAFFLE THAN THE MERLOT AND THE SOUND IS BIG AND FAT WITH MUCH MORE PUNCH AVAILABLE. THE ALTISSIMO SING WITH A FULLNESS ON THIS PIECE. THEY DO NOT GET THIN OR EDGY FOR ME. THIS PIECE IS THE BEST ALL-AROUND STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ HARD RUBBER AND METAL TENOR MPC I HAVE EVER PLAYED. AGAIN, I DESIGNED IT TO BE MY PERSONAL TENOR MPC—–AND IT IS. MY SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT MOUTHPIECE HAS ENDED HERE. PHAROAH SANDERS, JOEL FRAHM, JERRY BERGONZI, JAN GARBAREK, ARNIE KRAKOWSKY, DAVID MANN, MAX IONATA, DOUG WEBB, IVAN RENTA, DAVE O’HIGGINS, EMANUELE CISI, KEN GIOFFRE, HERVE LETOR, THIAGO FERTE, JASON WEBER, ANTOINE RONEY, JEFF ELWOOD, AND SO MANY OTHERS ARE JUST A FEW OF THE GUYS THAT YOU MAY HAVE SEEN PLAYING ON MY ROBUSTO MODEL– AND EACH GETTING THEIR OWN PERSONAL SOUNDS FROM THAT SAME MOUTHPIECE MODEL.
FINALLY, MOUTHPIECES THAT CAN GET BOTH THE VINTAGE VIBE AND MODERN VIBE!
THE ROBUSTO MODELS HAVE MORE PUNCH AVAILABLE THAN THE MERLOT MODELS.

THE HARD RUBBER ROBUSTO SMOKES THE VINTAGE SLANTS AND EARLY BABBITT LINKS FOR ME.
THE METAL ROBUSTO OUTPLAYS THE BEST ORIGINAL FLORIDA AND EARLY BABBITT STM METAL LINKS FOR ME.
MUCH MORE DEPTH, WIDTH, AND BODY!

*****THE ROBUSTO METAL*****:
FOR THE WARMER PLAYER:
THE WARM PLAYER WILL FEEL LIKE THIS SOUNDS ALONG THE LINES OF A FLORIDA LINK BUT WITH A MORE POWERFUL, FATTER SOUND, AND DEEPER, RICHER CORE! THE DESIGN IS ALL ORIGINAL AND ITS GOT THAT CLASSIC-BLOW WITH THAT PERFECT RESISTANCE TO BE ABLE TO SHAPE THE SOUND RIGHT. A WIDER, FATTER SOUND, AND OFFERS WAAAAY MORE FLEXIBILITY IN WHAT IT CAN DO.

FOR THE PLAYER THAN CAN GET BRIGHT:
IT WILL FEEL LIKE A POWERFUL FLORIDA MEETS A POWERFUL BERG! THE RUBBER PIECE HAS A BEAUTIFUL FATTNESS AND WIDTH TO THE SOUND, WHICH IS WHAT I WANTED FOR MY RUBBER ROBUSTO. THE METAL VERSION IS A LITLLE MORE FOCUSSED YET STILL FAT!, AND HAS A MORE POWER AND BRIGHTS AVAILABLE TO SOME PLAYERS—WHICH IS WHAT I WANTED FROM MY METAL ROBUSTO. BOTH ARE THE PERFECT ALL-AROUND PIECE FOR ME IN BOTH MATERIALS. THE METAL STILL HAS A FATTER, WIDER SOUND THAN ANY LINK OR CLASSIC VINTAGE MOUTHPIECE, BUT IN RELATION TO THE RUBBER, ITS A LITTLE MORE COMPACT.

CATEGORY 3 MOUTHPIECE:

“BLACK WIDOW”: Powerful “cross-over” moderate height baffle mouthpiece with huge depth and a vibrant core sound.

So many players love the Merlot model because it is warm and open blowing. It has the lowest baffle height of any of my pieces and gets a huge warm and open sound. Others who want more punch and bite than that, will love The Robusto model. The Robusto is a killer all-around player, but definitely leans more for the jazz player who wants some extra fatness and punch. It wasn’t designed to be a “pop” piece, but it has plenty of power to be used in a huge variety of settings. It has a longer, moderate baffle height and is incredibly well balanced. Others who seek much more power and available brights for more pop, funk, R&B, etc…have enjoyed my high baffle Boss model.

SO WHERE DOES THIS BLACK WIDOW FIT IN???

Well, many have asked me to make another powerful piece option with a less high, more moderate height baffle than the Boss has, that could “cross over”r both the all-around and powerful piece categories VERY well.
A piece the jazz guys could use more easily than The Boss, and a piece that the powerful playing guys will love too. That’s what THE BLACK WIDOW does.
The pop guys love the Boss with the high baffle, but those pieces are not for everybody….jazz guys can have a harder time with higher baffle pieces when coming from a lower or moderate height baffle piece. I understand that, and that describes the tons of requests I have had for this new design.
It has become clear that many players want a “cross-over” category piece that is different from the other models. Something easily used for jazz stuff AND for guys playing commercial pop, blues, smooth jazz, rock, and funk type of stuff too.

The BLACK WIDOW will be loved by jazz players looking for a powerful piece that can be used for straight ahead stuff+++, and also the more commercial players looking for another design option for a powerful piece with a longer and more moderate baffle height design than The BOSS HR. The baffle goes to the chamber and makes this piece incredibly versatile.
This describes this new piece perfectly.

Bosss Saxaphone Mouthpiece

CATEGORY 4

“THE BOSS”: SUPER POWERFUL HIGH BAFFLE  MOUTHPIECE THAT’S FULL BODIED WITH DEPTH AND CLARITY

I HAVEN’T LEFT OUT THOSE WHO WANT TO LET LOOSE! THIS PIECE IS DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE LOOKING FOR GREAT POWER WITH BODY, DEPTH, AND CLARITY. IT CAN BE PLAYED WITH A HUGE, MEATY, FAT, POWERFUL, HUSKIER CORE SOUND OR A VERY BRIGHT AND POWERFUL SOUND DEPENDING ON HOW YOU PLAY AND WHAT REED CHOICES YOU MAKE— WITHOUT SACRIFICING A DEEP RICH CORE AND VERY COMPLEX CENTER. ALOT OF JAZZ PLAYERS WHO WANT MORE POWER THAN THEY GET WITH THEIR MOUTHPIECES, ARE USING THIS PIECE NOW.

THIS IS THE NEW GENERATION POWERHOUSE MOUTHPIECE—A FULL BODIED HIGH BAFFLE MOUTHPIECE.

IF YOU ARE A PLAYER WHO BLOWS DARKER:
THE SOUND WILL BE VERY POWERFUL, THICK, RICH, WARMER, HUSKY, AND MEATY WITH TONS OF POWER TOP TO BOTTOM. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO GET BRIGHTNESS NOW WHEN YOU WANT IT.

IF YOU ARE A PLAYER WHO BLOWS BRIGHTER:  THIS WILL BE A SUPER POWERFUL, BRIGHT  MOUTHPIECE FOR YOU— MOST LIKELY THE MOST POWERFUL TENOR MOUTHPIECE YOU’VE EVER PLAYED.

THE MULTI-PHONICS AND ALTISSIMO ARE TRULY INCREDIBLE. THIS MOUTHPIECE CAN BE PLAYED QUIETLY AND RETAINS A HUGE  TONE, AND HAS THE AVAILABILITY OF EXCEPTIONAL POWER THROUGHOUT THE RANGES.  REED CHOICES ARE SO CRUCIAL FOR YOU TO GET BRIGHTER OR WARMER WITH ALL OF MY MOUTHPIECES! IF YOU’VE HAD BAD LUCK WITH HIGHER BAFFLE PIECES IN THE PAST, ALLOW ME TO SHOW YOU HOW GREAT THIS CAN BE WHEN EXECUTED PROPERLY. THIS DOESN’T FEEL LIKE A HIGH BAFFLE PIECE TO ME. I’VE HAD FRIENDS PLAY IT AND THEY ARE AMAZED AT HOW THE AIR GOES THROUGH IT. THEY AGREED IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE A TYPICAL HIGH BAFFLE TO THEM EITHER. IT HAS ENORMOUS DEPTH AND FLEXIBILITY.

SPECIAL NOTE:
THIS PIECE IS A BEAST!!! THERE ARE PLENTY OF LOW’S AND MID’S IN THE SOUND ALONG WITH THE HIGH’S. THIS MOUTHPIECE IS APPROPRIATELY NAMED “THE BOSS”.

“THE BOSS” METAL:
I HAVEN’T LEFT OUT THOSE WHO WANT TO LET LOOSE! THIS PIECE IS DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE LOOKING FOR GREAT POWER WITH FULLNESS, BODY, DEPTH, AND CLARITY— TOP TO BOTTOM!
THIS MOUTHPIECE CAN BE PLAYED WITH A HUGE, MEATY, FAT, POWERFUL WARMER CORE SOUND ALL THE WAY TO A VERY BRIGHT AND POWERFUL SOUND DEPENDING ON HOW YOU PLAY— WITHOUT SACRIFICING A DEEP RICH CORE AND VERY COMPLEX CENTER.
IF YOU ARE A PLAYER WHO BLOWS DARKER:
THE SOUND WILL BE VERY POWERFUL, THICK, RICH, WARMER YET PUNCHY AND MEATY WITH TONS OF POWER TOP TO BOTTOM.
IF YOU ARE A PLAYER WHO BLOWS BRIGHTER: THIS WILL BE A VERY POWERFUL, BRIGHT METAL MOUTHPIECE FOR YOU— YET IT IS SUPER FLEXIBLE IN WHAT IT CAN DO. THE MULTI-PHONICS AND ALTISSIMO ARE TRULY INCREDIBLE. THIS MOUTHPIECE CAN BE PLAYED QUIETLY AND RETAINS A HUGE, FAT TONE, AND HAS THE AVAILABILITY OF EXCEPTIONAL POWER THROUGHOUT THE RANGES. IF YOU’VE HAD BAD LUCK WITH HIGHER BAFFLE PIECES IN THE PAST, ALLOW ME TO SHOW YOU HOW GREAT THIS CAN BE WHEN EXECUTED PROPERLY. THIS DOESNT FEEL LIKE A HIGH BAFFLE PIECE TO ME. I’VE HAD FRIENDS PLAY IT AND THEY ARE AMAZED AT HOW THE AIR GOES THROUGH IT. THEY AGREED IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE A TYPICAL HIGH BAFFLE TO THEM EITHER. IT HAS ENORMOUS DEPTH AND FLEXIBILITY.
tHIS PIECE IS VERY FREE BLOWING AND IF YOU HAVE ENJOYED GUARDALAS, PONZOLS, DUKOFF SUPER POWER CHAMBERS, JODY DV’S, DURGAS, ETC….I MADE SURE THAT WHAT I FOUND TO BE MISSING FROM THOSE PIECES, WAS REMEDIED HERE, AND THATS WHAT THE BOSS IS.

SPECIAL NOTE:
I RECOMMEND YOU GO UP IN TIP SIZE FROM WHAT YOU NORMALLY PLAY ON. YOU CAN GO FROM YOUR 7* TO MY BOSS 8 WITHOUT ANY ISSUES WHATSOEVER. IT WILL BE EVEN BETTER WITH THE BOSS METAL! THIS PIECE IS A BEAST!!! THE BAFFLE IS HIGH BUT NOT OVERLY LONG, SO THAT THERE ARE PLENTY OF LOW’S AND MID’S IN THE SOUND ALONG WITH THE HIGH’S. THIS MOUTHPIECE IS APPROPRIATELY NAMED “THE BOSS”.

*A HIGH BAFFLE METAL MOUTHPIECE THAT CAN BE PLAYED WARMER OR BRIGHT WITH LOTS OF POWER DEPENDING
ON THE PLAYER, REED CHOICE, ETC…

*A HIGH BAFFLE METAL MOUTHPIECE THAT CAN GET SULTRY AND STAY FULL-BODIED WHEN PLAYED QUIETLY.

*A HIGH BAFFLE METAL MOUTHPIECE THAT CAN GET A VERY PUNCHY BRIGHT SOUND FOR POP STUFF, OR A FULL-BODIED SOUND WITH LOADS OF POWER THAT CAN BE USED FOR STRAIGHT AHEAD PLAYING AS WELL.

*A HIGH BAFFLE MOUTHPIECE LIKE NO OTHER

****** A COUPLE SIMPLE OPTIONS FOR HIGH BAFFLE MOUTHPIECES ******
—If you play an 8 tip piece I recommend you go up to the 8* Boss without any reservation.
—I know other people that like to go up from an 8 tip lower baffle piece to a 9 tip with a high baffle piece. They just adjust their reed strength accordingly.
There are many options. You have choices and as I recommend with everything, just adjust your reed strength accordingly. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THAT WHERE I TALK ABOUT REEDS HERE ON THE WEBSITE.

Bosss Saxaphone Mouthpiece