10MFAN MOUTHPIECE SPECIFICS

BEAKS:

We experimented with beak angles of varying degrees (between 16 and 21 degrees), different widths, and overall shapes. The beaks are super comfortable for me. My upper lip does not get crushed against the beak curve when I take in a lot of mouthpiece, but I prefer taking in a moderate amount of mouthpiece, myself. The beak are very comfortable. Great detail has gone into making these beaks just right.

TABLES:

All of the tables on my tenor mouthpieces are longer than the reed on my 10MFANTM tenor mouthpieces. This was done so that you can easily line a reed up and see that it’s perfectly aligned top to bottom and side to side. Also, the entire reed can vibrate on the table and be held down by the ligature. Dexter Gordon used to keep the ligature far back. I bet he would have loved to have tried my mouthpieces with the ligature  all the way on the butt end of the reed. The tables on my mouthpieces are the perfect width, flat, and very reed friendly. Great detail has gone into these pieces to make sure that the tables match the reed contour precisely.
Please make sure when you put your reed on, that the tip of the reed matches up with the tip rail of your mouthpiece, and that the bottom of the reed is perfectly centered on the table.
The longer tables show alot of care and thought because it makes perfect sense. The table is where the whole reed lies—- If you’re a 6 foot tall person, would sleeping on a 4 foot long bed be optimal for you??? We do not buff the table, rails, or inside of the mouthpiece because once they are hand-finished, they are perfect, and we leave them that way. You will see the hand-finishing marks on purpose. Our primary concern is that the table is perfectly flat, not that its shiny and glowing after a buffing. Never ever hit the table with a buffing wheel….that’s a good recipe for disaster.

LIGATURES:

I have heard the numerous complaints about many modern hard rubber tenor mouthpieces having ligature issues. People are complaining that many modern mouthpieces are a little too small to fit regular tenor ligatures properly— so a lot of people have had to resort to buying expensive modern ligatures to accommodate this.
Who signed up for that???
All of my mouthpieces are made from scratch, so I’ve made sure that the bodies and tapers are just right to fit an abundance of ordinary ligatures. My mouthpieces are precision machined for accuracy and designed to be very ligature friendly. I am not including a ligature with my mouthpieces because I feel strongly that players have ligatures they prefer to use, and I don’t want you to judge my mouthpieces with any ligature I could include. For me, ligatures make a big difference, so use what you find works best for your needs- so be sure to try different ligs so you can get the perfect set-up for yourself. Many modern ligs fit my mpc’s wel.
***Ligatures for my 10mfan hard rubber tenor mouthpieces: 99.9% of the ligatures out there designed to fit full sized hard rubber mouthpieces will fit mine beautifully. The 2-screw ligs, Rico H, Vandoren M/O, BG, Bonade, Rovner Platinum, Francois Louis, Ishimori ligs that fit Selmer, Silverstein, Absolute lig from Italy, Oleg ligs, Marc Jean, and tons more.
*** The only ligature I have found a little tight on my tenor saxophone models, is the Vandoren Optimum ligature. ***

 

FACING CURVES:

As of  2019, I am using a more traditional set of facing curves to allow more players to really enjoy my mouthpieces. Before this, I was using a longer set of curves and I realize those aren’t for everyone. I want the experience to be enjoyed by everyone, so the curves have been adjusted so they feel just right at any tip opening. I have addressed facing curves aggressively.  We are now using facing curves that provide more control over the curve rate.   This provides great accuracy among all my mouthpieces, while giving the right amount of resistance to much against with each of my models. These mouthpieces are incredibly efficient!

TIP RAIL:

As of  2019, I am making the tip rails a bit wider so its easier for everyone to line up the reed. You wont have to be as precise as before. I have heard your feedback, and I have listened and made the changes people have asked for. The tip rails are handcrafted for accuracy of articulation and attack.  I want the right response from my mouthpieces so players feel they have the right amount of resistance.

FRONTAL RAIL:

The height of the front rail has been perfectly calibrated for precise attacks.

SIDE RAILS:

The side rails are beautifully done on all of my 10MFAN mouthpieces for harmonic profile and response characteristics. As of 2019, they will not be as thin as they were before. Great adjustments have been made to all of my models to make the playing experience even better!

CHAMBERS:

I tried small, medium, medium-large, and large chambers when prototyping my hard rubber tenor mouthpieces. I bought a large supply of hard rubber so I could try everything with my mouthpieces till I got it right. Chambers are of the greatest importance. My 10MFANTM  tenor mouthpieces have the right size chamber to help each design do what its designed to do. Some people don’t want a chamber so large that the sound doesn’t center, and others don’t want a chamber too small that they can’t manipulate the timbre. The classic medium large chamber has proven itself to be the perfect size for my hard rubber Merlot and Robusto models, and I use a unique oval chamber on my model called The Classic and Showtime models. The Black Widow is a smaller chamber in comparison to the other models. The chamber and baffle configurations are different on my  tenor models to provide you with the desired goal for each of the mouthpiece models. My 1st two alto pieces both have medium chambers.

CONSISTENCY:

The wonderful thing about these mouthpieces is that they are amazingly consistent from one piece to the next.  My craftsman and I both play test extensively every single mouthpiece I sell, so I know for a fact, that they will be perfect when bought. I’ve laid out a table full of 7*’s, and I can’t notice any discernible difference in sound or feel between any of them.  Every piece ridiculously consistent from one to the next. This is great news if a friend of yours tries your 7* and wants one for themselves —- they can have the confidence that when they receive their 7*,  it will play just like yours. It’s also great news and truly a relief to know that if you drop or lose your mouthpiece and wonder if you’ll ever get another one as good as that one—-the answer is yes you will! These mouthpiece designs are saved on the computer, cut by CNC  precision machined for complete accuracy, and hand finished one at a time.

BAFFLES:

My different models have different height, shape, and length baffles which provide a high degree of control and accuracy. The length and angle of the baffle provides different sonic character that will suit an individual players’ style or preference. *** Leaving texture on the baffle is more desirable than polishing it for me, because of the way the air interacts with the textured surface.  You can see the hand finishing marks there for a reason. The textures of the baffles have been optimized to enhance the intended performance of the mouthpieces. ***                                                                      We will also not buff or polish the table side of the mouthpiece, because after they are each hand-finished, and don’t want to mess anything up after the hand finishing. No reason to mess with perfection.
All the important details have been addressed thoroughly. Nothing has been left out in terms of making these mouthpieces play fantastic

 

TIP OPENING SIZES:

My mouthpieces are available in the most widely used tip openings, because players want and need a choice. I don’t make one size tip opening so that you are forced to play that size even if it doesn’t fit you. I make a nice variety of tip sizes available for players so you can play the correct size for you, not what’s easiest or most profitable for the mouthpiece maker.

TENOR TIP OPENINGS:

6 = .090                                                                                                                           6* = .095
7 = .100
7* = .105                                                                                                                           7** = .108
8* = .115
9 = .120
9* = .125

ALTO TIP OPENINGS:

5 = .072                                                                                                                             6 = .078                                                                                                                             7 = .084                                                                                                                                8 = .090                                                                                                                               9 = .095

 

ENDORSERS:

I take a humble and honest approach to selling my 10MFAN mouthpieces.
I don’t want you to buy mouthpieces because your favorite player has his/her name associated with a certain mouthpiece.
The players who play my mouthpieces are playing the exact stock mouthpieces that everyone else is buying, and loving them as-is without visit after visit for special adjustments. It’s all there in the designs, and everyone gets the exact same treatment here.

For me, whats most important is the sound!
Pro players use my 10MFANTM mouthpieces because they want to, because it gives them the best sound for themselves……just like you. That’s the most HONEST endorsement a mouthpiece maker can have. My website has audios and videos of players playing my 10MFANTM mouthpieces so you can hear for yourselves how these many players sound and hear how flexible they are from one player to another. Players don’t sound the same on my mouthpieces because of the fantastic designs, and I am incredibly proud of this! These videos and audios are solely to educate you and help you with your mouthpiece choice. I want you to buy my mouthpieces because they will play as great for you as they do for the guys in my audios/videos. These are great players who will show you the flexibility in sound within each of my mouthpiece models. You will hear the rich, complex core sound and flexibility in each piece in the videos/audios.  The players sounds in the audios and videos will tell you what you need to know.

Several heavyweight pros have already thanked me for my approach to having endorsers, and have expressed to me that this is an extremely refreshing approach for them. Watch the videos and listen to the audios, and then decide what piece/pieces you want for yourself. I’m taking an “old school” approach here by letting my mouthpieces do all the talking. Check out the video and audios section—new ones will be added all the time.

THE FUN FACTOR:

I personally haven’t been able put down my 10MFANTM mouthpieces because they are just so much fun for me to play. All are voiced just right, and they have met all my goals in each of the 3 categories. They just get better and better for me as a player, as time goes on. They are incredibly reed friendly, and just a joy for me to play. The altissimo are as easy as can be and they sound like a true extension of the saxophone…not thin and edgy!. When mouthpieces are designed this well, the “fun factor” is alive and vibrant. These simply make me happy when I play them. I am practicing much more these days, since I made these mouthpieces. I can’t help you play Cherokee at 300 BPM in all 12 keys, but I can make sure that any frustration you will endure, will not come from your mouthpiece.

 

DELIVERY TIME, AND SHIPPING:

The inventory changes all the time, so contact me and I’ll let you know if your choice is in stock.

Right now, all  the orders are typically completed in about a 2 1/2 week time period from when you order. Once completed, I will ship out the pieces to the buyers and I will update you with the tracking number. I use USPS Priority mail.  All buyers outside the United States are responsible for any taxes or fees they get charged by their country.

 

HOW DO MY MOUTHPIECES MATCH UP WITH DIFFERENT SAXOPHONES:

Very favorably. I have tried my mouthpieces on various modern saxophones, as well as vintage Selmer, King, Buescher, Conn, SML, Couf, and Martin saxophones. They don’t have any issues matching up well with any of these horns. I have a client who bought a Merlot and it was too dark on his vintage The Martin tenor, so he bought a Robusto and loves it on that! He now uses the Merlot on his modern horn and loves that combo—it’s all about fine tuning what you want as a player.

RETURN POLICY FOR INDIVIDUAL SALES:

I do not offer trials or returns on my mouthpieces.
These are the finest playing mouthpieces made in the marketplace in my opinion, and I hope you choose to experience that for yourself. If I did trials and returns, I would literally need 1000 mpc’s here at all times to send out to everyone who has a credit card and wants to “try these out” in all the various models and tip openings.  I couldn’t possibly run my business like that. In fact, I got an email recently from a player saying he wanted to try out 4 of my hard rubber tenor models in 3 different tip openings each. I’m not set up to run a business like that. Just get the tip opening you have enjoyed for yourself. I have entertained the thought of a high restocking fee option like others use, but I have decided that it’s best to sell my mouthpieces at a great price (far below what I feel they are worth), and if the buyer doesn’t love the piece, they can sell it themselves for around what they would have lost with a returned high restocking fee. For me, it’s an easier and cleaner way to do things here. I see that Klum, Macsax, Navarro, Retro Revival, and others do it this way also.                                                         There are some dealers who will offer trials and returns, so if thats a necessary factor for you in buying a mouthpiece, you have options out there. In 6 years of selling my mouthpieces, thousands of players all over the world are thrilled with these mouthpieces, and I haven’t endured any issues, so I will continue with what’s working very well. Players can hear what these sound like in the Audios section. There are also pictures and great descriptions to go along with the audios and videos. I also put my mouthpieces in categories to simplify the choices for the buyer.  I am also always happy to talk with everyone and help them with the process. Contact me through the website and we can talk. I am prompt with returning messages.

10MFAN OVERSEAS DEALER POLICY:

All mouthpieces must be inspected within 48 hours of the dealer receiving them. I must be contacted within that timeframe. Anything outside of that timeframe, will bypass any return consideration. It’s that simple.                                                All dealers who sell my mouthpieces must adhere to my policy of contact inside the first 48 hours of receiving the mouthpieces. I take immense pride in sending out beautifully made hand finished mouthpieces that play great and look great. They are all  inspected and play tested thoroughly by myself.

FOLLOW YOUR JOURNEY, YOUR WAY:

For me, my mouthpieces are the absolute best playing hard rubber tenor mouthpieces available in each of the 3 categories I have set up……I say this with the utmost pride. I wouldn’t be releasing them if I felt any different. The beauty about all of our journeys is that they are truly our own. There are other mouthpieces available in the marketplace that play well, and if you personally enjoy someone else’s pieces, then you should be playing those. We are all different and we like different sounds and feels. You need to find what works “best” for you. That’s all that matters. If you want to try original designs that truly nail my 3 categories, I encourage you to give mine a try.

THE JOURNEY IS YOUR OWN AND ONLY YOU MAKE YOUR CHOICES.
For me, my personal journey for finding the best hard rubber tenor mouthpieces for myself became very frustrating.I had sold the best vintage mouthpieces available for 3 decades and always felt like I was “almost” there, but never 100% satisfied.  Nothing in the marketplace was truly 100% satisfying for me, and no perfectly refaced or original vintage mouthpiece accommodated ALL my needs because of the same old design limitations. So I designed and made what I consider to be the perfect playing hard rubber mouthpieces to finally end my personal search. A incredible amount of time has gone into designs and prototyping.

CLEANING YOUR MOUTHPIECE:

When you clean your 10MFAN mouthpiece, a little cool water with a non abrasive soap will be fine. I just pull a paper towel though the inside and all is good. I read somewhere that someone didn’t recommend using water and soap….well, I can tell you that I have been cleaning my mouthpieces that way for 35 years without any issues.