My tenor mouthpieces are made from the finest German bar stock hard rubber, and hand finished by the 2 most respected mouthpiece refacers on the planet…. Mr. Brian Powell and Mr. Erik Greiffenhagen.
Category 1 mouthpieces: TWO warm category mouthpiece options.
Option 1: “THE CLASSIC”: The warmest of my offerings. Warm, classic, pure sound, with good power and more warmth and smoothness throughout than my other tenor models.
Very flexible! It can get a classic Blue Note type of vibe. Getz, Mobley, early Sonny, etc., but also more modern vibes like Chris Potter, Joel Frahm, Seamus, etc. The sound is more focussed than the Robusto model. The sound is even and pure top to bottom and projects well out to the audience. Always retains a rich sound no matter what volume level, full tone or subtone. This is an incredible straigh tahead jazz mouthpiece. Fantastic altissimo for a lower baffle mouthpiece and the intonation is amazingly locked in. THIS SMOKES THE SLANTS, with way more flexibility and versatility!
The Classic models smoother and has less punch than the Celebration Model.
DESIGN: This piece has a shorter step baffle, extremely scooped out sidewalls, a higher floor than the Robusto, and a wider med-large chamber.
OPTION 2: “CELEBRATION”: My 2nd warmest offering. Taking this warm, full, vibrant design WAAAAAAY beyond what the vintage hard rubber Links can do. Its got some Reso, Slant, and Early Babbitt in it, but I have taken it to where I believe Mr. Otto Link would have gone today for todays players. Huge full sound!!!
I was the biggest high end vintage mouthpiece dealer on the net for over 30 years and then I started my 10MFAN Company. This piece is long overdue for you Link lovers. This is an ORIGINAL design that has some Reso Chamber, Slant Sig, and Early Babbitt meets my 10MFAN original design touches. For me, if Mr. Otto Link were alive today, this would have been the direction he would have gone! It outplays any Link type piece in the marketplace, in my opinion….and thats from a guy who has owned more vintage Links than anyone out there! All you see in the marketplace are copies of each of the vintage Otto Link models. This Celebration does FAR MORE! Nothing ever made like this…..a true Celebration to Mr. Otto Links mouthpieces/meets the modern players needs. Big, open, full, rich, powerful warmer sound and will stand up and beat up on ANY original vintage hr tenor Link that goes for $1500, in my humble opinion. This original design Celebration mouthpiece is phenomenal. Warm, round, even, with a focussed but full sound with power. This piece has a bigger sound to it than The Classic model and stays super even blowing top to bottom.
Category 2 mouthpieces: TWO All-around, middle category mpc options that offer warmth, fatness, punch, and edge with sizzle added. More sizzle and brights than both the category 1 models.
Option 1: “ROBUSTO”: Gene Ammons vibe!!! Spread, fat, warm, with punch and edge when pushed.
I designed the Robusto 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 with beautiful punch available when you want it. More power, punch, and brightness available than the category one Celebration and Classic mouthpieces. This has a timeless “hard bop ny tenor sound” and a modern Jazz sound is available from it at the same time, with a nice classic sizzle on top when you want it. Plenty of room to let loose with this piece. It offers great body and depth. it’s clean and powerful with a huge, full body of sound. Like all my mouthpieces, the sound “opens up” beautifully as you push it. This piece is designed to release the sound up in the palm keys. The Celebration will stay more warm up there and the Robusto will let loose for the guys that need more punch and brights up there.
DESIGN: This has a medium height, medium length baffle, flat sidewalls, a nice med-large chamber, and the floor drops after the baffle. The altissimo sing with a fullness on this piece. They do not get thin or edgy for me. This piece is a phenomenal all-around straight ahead jazz hard rubber mpc. My hard rubber Robusto absolutely smokes the vintage slants, resos, and early babbitt links, for me. Much more depth, body, and core!
Option 2: “SHOWTIME”: Focused, open sounding piece with warmth, extra punch, brights, and sizzle. Great all-around player to be used for anything. This is my cross-over piece for players who need a piece for the jazz stuff and pop type powerful stuff. For all you guys who love the Robusto model, but want even more freedom in the blow, punch, focus, and some more brights available….THIS IS IT!
DESIGN: This piece has a medium height baffle with straight sidewalls to the end of the baffle, and then the sidewalls are scooped out all the way to the med-large chamber. It has a higher floor than the Robusto, Celebration, and Classic models.
Category 3 mouthpiece: “CHAMELEON”: POWERHOUSE tenor mouthpiece that Boney James uses full-time! This is a powerful roll over baffle like nothing in the marketplace.
“This is a free blowing powerful rollover baffle mouthpiece designed for my 3rd category, that allows players who don’t get along with step baffle pieces, a real opportunity at finally getting some serious power and volume into their playing with a huge full-bodied sound. Great for the jazz player who needs more punch, but primarily made for the blues player, funk, smooth jazz player that needs power but not super brightness. The brighter player can RIP THE WALLS DOWN WITH THIS PIECE, and the sound has lots of body. This offers more freedom in the blow, punch, power, and brights than all my CATEGORY 1 + 2 tenor models…with body and proper balance for a true powerhouse piece! Players who love step baffle pieces will dig this immensely and its a win-win for all players looking for power and punch with some brights! Free and powerful with a full-bodied sound top to bottom!
If you need LOTS of brightness and punch—–> you know, a screamer piece….look for my Category 4 tenor mouthpiece coming out in October 2022 …