Alto

Hand finished German bar stock hard rubber alto mouthpieces

 

There are 2 HR alto models to choose from that cover everything from straightahead jazz through contemporary. It’s all in the designs. The Daddy-O and the Showboat  

Category 1: This piece can do it all. Rich and colorful low end with a clear and well defined low, mid, and high frequency set. Full, classic, and colorful sounding and it kills in the Cannonball Adderley vein. Great lead alto mouthpiece with warmth and punch available and less brights and cut than the Showboat alto has available.  This is more of a classic -modern alto sound with lots of volume available, that can do everything from the big band to the Blue Note era to modern. Built to outplay the classic Meyer Bros medium chamber alto mouthpieces, and the vintage alto mouthpieces like Brilharts, Selmers, Meyers, etc.  This is a beautiful mouthpiece that encaptures the classics from Bird to Desmond to Cannonball, and you can get a more modern edge to it too!

“Daddy-O” alto mouthpiece: Highly versatile and flexible alto mouthpiece that produces a sounds that range from sweet, warm, and colorful with the power necessary to lead a modern big band section and be used in modern playing situations too. This has the richest palette of my alto mouthpieces, that makes it the most versatile and classic sounding. This is not a “dark” mouthpiece, as dark or stuffy is not what an alto mouthpiece should sound like to me. It should sing and ring, whether it’s warm or brighter! You can get all the classic alto vibes from this piece, and if you need even more aggressive, go with the Showboat model. Think Bird, Stitt, Hodges, Desmond, Art Pepper, Lou Donaldson, Woods, and Cannonball vibes with this Daddy-O, to name a few.

An amazing alto mouthpiece with a harmonic richness not found in more traditional designs. You can play as quiet as you want and as loud as you want and I designed it so it would not be as bright or punchy as the Showboat model can get, but still have lots of volume, killer altissimo, and more power available than most straight ahead alto players have experienced. For me, it’s so much more fun and satisfying to play than any vintage Meyer Bros and all the Category 1 vintage mouthpieces. This includes Brilhart, Selmer, Meyer, Otto Link, etc…), while keeping the tradition and classic alto sound associated with those pieces available. This piece can sing over a big band section or whisper as soft as you can hear.

This alto piece has classic facing geometry for the player that digs a classic feeling type of blow, but this has more freedom in it. It has straight side walls, and a very long and lower baffle compared to the Showboat model. There isn’t an alto mouthpiece in existence that looks and plays like this. I am very proud of my designs. Very classic sound here with a classic feel, offering players way more flexibility and versatility than the vintage mouthpieces in this same category.

 

Purchase the Daddy-O

 

 

 

Category 2:  Great all-around piece that combines warmth, power and  punch, with brightness and brilliance up high.  More cut, power and punch to the sound than the Daddy-O model. It takes it to the next level! 

“The Showboat”  mouthpiece:  Think 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Phil Woods here with some added brights and pop to be used for contemporary playing  

Such a fantastic lead alto mouthpiece sound! Big, powerful sound that can be punchy or classic and can be used from anything from straight ahead to contemporary. More punch and highs available in the Showboat model than in the Daddy-O model. The Showboat has a longer facing curve than the Daddy-O model so it’s  free blowing for the player who wants that brilliance up high when pushed. If you get yours and its a little bright, just get yourself some warmer reed brands to dial in the sound color that you want. This has a medium high, med-long baffle and straight side walls. It’s a shorter and higher baffle compared to the Daddy-O model. Its got all the volume anyone would ever need, but can also be played to a whisper. The sound is thick and full throughout. Think Phil Woods here with more brights and punch! More aggressive than the Daddy-O model, by design.

   

  

Purchase the Showboat

 

 

 

ALTO REEDS:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     All of my alto saxophone mouthpieces are incredibly efficient. They have punch and power built into them. Many of you currently use brighter reeds on your alto mouthpieces, because you need more punch, pop, and brightness. I find a lot of the designs out there to be too warm and dull for me, so I understand why you use those reeds. Because of that, I have built all of that into my designs, so  you don’t need to do that anymore. I urge players to try different brands of reeds to get the color and response they want with my mouthpieces. Just because a certain warm reed brand was too warm on your last mouthpiece, doesn’t mean it will be with mine. 

Please do not make the mistake of trying my alto mouthpieces with the reed brand that you currently use and assuming that it’s going to be the perfect match just because it works well with the mouthpiece you are using now. It may be a great match, but only you can make that call after you’ve tried everything out. Always treat each mouthpiece individually, and find the proper reed to give you what you are looking for with each mouthpiece.  I am confident most people will like a warmer reed with my alto mouthpieces because of my designs.  

 

 A few reed selections for alto, based on my own personal experiences below.

Blue box Vandoren/D’addario Reserve sound the warmest to me

Rico Royal sound warm to me

Hemke sound warm for me but are freer blowing than the Rico Royals

Java Red are warm and full for me

LaVoz adds buzz to the sound for me

Select Jazz is medium and play great for me

Rigottis and ZZ reeds are bright for me

Java Green have a lot of pop and are bright for me