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#1

Posted 20 May 2012 - 09:43 PM

VandyW

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what is the difference between mouthpiece with different materials ?

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:44 AM

Paul Dalley

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Mouthpieces resonate in slightly different ways depending on the material they are made of, for instance a metal mouthpiece will sound a lot crisper & brighter than an old mellow sounding wooden one. The main mateials used are wooden, bakelight, hard rubber & metal.
Brass bands tend to use bakelight & jazz players metal. The mouthpiece resonance is also dependant on the size & shape of the chamber inside it & also the reed attached to it. A mouthpiece is a very personal preferance & trying to emulate another player or sound like them is not allways garanteed by using the same setup as them, your mouth size, shape, body shape & lungs also have a bearing in the equasion.
Hope this helps to explain your question

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:19 PM

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thx
so , what mouthpiece can sound jazzy?and the reed strength ? and what brand u prefered?

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:14 PM

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I am still learning so my ombrichure is still a bit weak (mouth grip)
To sound crisp & jazzy I suggest a metal mouthpiece but theese are harder to control, especialy on learning reeds (1.5 to 2.5)
My Sharkbite still Pops & squeeks way to often for me on a 2 at the moment. (£55 E-BAY purchase)
So I am still using the Yamaha that came with my sax, just carry on practicing for now & listen to how you change over the next few months. record a sample of you playing every month, you`ll be suprised at the difference in just that short time.
The higher you go in reed strength the more control you have but the stronger your ombrichure needs to be.
a strong ombrichure is also the key to enable you to play altisimo easily later on.
I try & practice for an hour a day, this is my third month learning & I am up to a no2 reed.
I have a box of 2.5`s ready for when this one breaks.
I know it`s difficult but dont be in too much of a hurry, it all takes time & practice.
Just have fun & funk, jive & jazz

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:59 AM

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thx
so , what mouthpiece can sound jazzy?and the reed strength ? and what brand u prefered?


Jazzy? I would say, Hard rubber like Meyer. size 2 1/2 to 3. It depends on how you blow too. It's the players.

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:07 AM

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oh wow.
thx all

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 03:59 AM

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Actually, material of the mouthpiece makes very little difference to the tone. There is an oppinion that metal mouthpiece are very bright and hard rubber/plastic mouthpieces are dark. I have a hard rubber Vandoren Jumbo Java for alto which is very bright. Also, I recently purchased a used tenor sax and got a plastic composite Rico Metallite M5 for it - which is also very bright. On the other hand I've heard quite a few metal mouthpieces (like Otto Link) which were very, very dark. What matters most is the shape of the chamber.

@Paul Dalley
I've seen these Sharkbites on ebay and I don't think they are that good. I don't use my JJava if you'd like to try/buy it, It's very freeblowing and bright.
Also, you can get alot better used mouthpieces for similar to Sharkbite's price on ebay, or even cheaper.
Rico Metallite are often overlooked, mainly because of their price - you can get a brand new Metallite for 25 pounds. I got my tenor piece from ebay for 10 pounds. And for the price - they are outstanding (I'd value them well above basic Yamahas and Selmers).

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:19 AM

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I have both hard rubber (HR) and metal Yani mouthpieces both with a 7 opening. I used to think the metal was brighter but there really isn't much in it. I can get more volume with the metal but I think this probably has more to do with the shape of the bore than the material.

Metal mouthpieces look nice but in my opinion I can get an almost identical sound from the HR, the hard rubber is also less likely to do damage to your front teeth if accidently pushed into them!

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:42 AM

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However, I found some ceramic (china, not made in PRC) type, but the price is not cheap. I just thinking are they good, and anyone tried that?

 

On the other hand, I found out that the price for month piece have huge difference. Is that really have so much difference?



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 03:57 PM

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However, I found some ceramic (china, not made in PRC) type, but the price is not cheap. I just thinking are they good, and anyone tried that?

 

On the other hand, I found out that the price for month piece have huge difference. Is that really have so much difference?

 

 

Can you explain the advantages of the ceramic material's mouthpiece?

thanx manylam






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