ALL OF MY MOUTHPIECES are offered in both the finest German bar stock hard rubber and Orange Ultem. All of my tenor mouthpieces are full sized tenor mouthpieces.
My 4 tenor saxophone mouthpiece categories.
These are listed from warm to powerful and brighter. Its that easy!!!! This greatly simplifies your choices for you. I only sell my new 2020 Generation ll models in all of my designs. The hard rubber have USA stamped on the side and gold paint. The Ultem pieces are a semi transparent orange with black paint.
Category 1 mouthpiece—Warm category mouthpiece
“THE CLASSIC”: Warm, pure, focused, even sound
Focussed, warm, rich, full sound with a warmer power and a beautiful deep core top to bottom. Very flexible! It can get a classic Blue Note type of vibe. Getz, Mobley, early Sonny, etc., but also 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, focussed sound no matter what volume level, full tone or subtone. This is an incredible straightahead jazz mouthpiece. Fantastic altissimo for a lower baffle mouthpiece and the intonation is amazingly locked in.
DESIGN: This piece has a short baffle, extremely scooped out sidewalls, a higher floor than the Robusto, and a wider med-large chamber.
Category 2 mouthpieces—All-around, middle category mpc that offers warmth, fatness, and punch.
Option 1: “ROBUSTO”: Gene Ammons vibe!!! Spread, fat, warm, with punch 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 Classic mouthpiece. 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.
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. For all you guys that love the Robusto model, but want even more freedom in the blow with more punch and brights available, along with more focus….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 and Classic models.
Category 3 mouthpieces—Powerful “Cross-over” category mouthpieces.
These were designed for the jazz player looking for something that will give them more power and more punch, without it being a high baffle mouthpiece. This crosses over for the jazz player looking to rip it in a blues club or funk setting, and the pop or blues/funk player looking to add fatness to their tone, unlike the high step baffle pieces, which can be thinner and more brittle sounding.
Option 1: “BLACK WIDOW”: Powerful player, great cross-over piece for the jazz player looking to be able to comfortably get over to the more rocking’ stuff, and the more pop/blues/R&B player looking for more fatness in their sound with really good power to it.
The Black Widow is a powerful “cross-over” moderate height baffle mouthpiece with huge depth and a vibrant core sound, that can be used for all settings from quiet to nasty funk. More powerful and has more brights than my other models, but is not as bright as a Guardala type piece. This was done on purpose because its my cross-over model. My REALLY bright piece will come out in the Fall of 2020, and its called my Super Widow. If you like that type of balls to the wall bright and punchy piece…stay tuned. This Black Widow model was designed for the jazz guys to use easily, and its also a piece the pop/smooth jazz and funk players will love. Its got some resistance built in so you can color the sound the way you want. A piece thats too free blowing is harder for that. 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. Not super bright, but powerful.
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 that isn’t overly bright at all. This piece is incredibly versatile. This 3rd Category Black Widow mouthpiece has been a super hit so far.
DESIGN: Flat sidewalls, a medium height very long baffle, with a chamber that blows like a medium chamber.