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Has anyone played commercial 3D printed mouthpieces?

I've been asking around after I saw a row of brightly-colored pieces at my local store. I looked for the brightly colored mouthpieces and found them on the Syos web site and found a whole new world (to me). Of course, this seems to be a good use of 3D printing and they appear to know what they're doing. (Acoustic research creds.) I'm trying to find people who've tried them for opinions. Next time I get to Paris, I hope to try them out myself. I am not interested in making them, just in finding out who has played them. I am familiar with the video from https://www.thesaxophonist.org/reviews which happens to be about Syos.

(edited title to reflect what I want to find out)
 

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your thread seems to be a bout 3d mouthpieces in general (of which there are many previous threads) but then you go into one particular brand.

these are previous threads about 3D printing

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?214496-3D-Printing
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...What-is-the-best-3D-printable-material-to-use
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?211108-3d-printing-possibilities-for-mpc-making
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...pieces-the-future-of-mouthpiece-manufacturing

( and many many more)

then you suggest a particular brand of French made 3D printed mouthpieces.

Perhaps these?

https://www.syos.co/en/blog/lab/how-is-saxophone-mouthpiece-customization-possible

Even in that case there are previous threads (as usual looking through the archives before posting anything would be better because there is so much already available, your thread will catch so much more attention that way ....)

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?346076-testing-3D-printed-mouthpieces-by-Syos
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?341422-SYOS-mouthpieces
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?285434-SYOS-anyone

( and more...)
 

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Thanks for all the links. I did search on mouthpieces, but didn't see any of these. My reason for posting, "I'm trying to find people who've tried them for opinions", is answered in one of them, but many are about how to print them. I had no idea these existed at all, the Syos was the first I saw, so I mentioned it. I see that one of the partners in Syos posted a reply, too. I also found a review both written and on YouTube from https://www.thesaxophonist.org/ which I note in passing will no longer be available without a subscription starting in 2019.
 

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I have edited the original post and title to reflect what I am trying to find out. I dashed it off too quickly. If anyone new falls upon this post, they can contribute their take, I'm all ears.
 

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In case you have not run a search on this site and on cafe saxophone on the link I gave you above.

Ah...I see you are a member there and have..sorry, Im no help.
 

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In case you have not run a search on this site and on cafe saxophone on the link I gave you above.
No, that's fine, thanks for the reply. I asked the same question there on café and got lots of comments, but few have actually played them. My original post was poorly worded here.
 

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Yeah, I know that :) I'm looking for people on saxophone fourms who have actually blown through one of these, Syos or others.
 

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I have owned and played a couple of the 3-D Robusto mouthpieces that were sold by 10Mfan. They played great. Very good tone and intonation. These were produced with a 3-D printer, and then hand finished by Eric Falcon. If I remember correctly, the SYOS mouthpieces claim that for the purpose of accuracy, they are sold as printed, i.e. no hand finishing. Is hand finishing good or bad? I do not know, but I do know that hand finishing can be done well as I observed with the 10Mfan hand finished pieces.

If you are concerned about material, you can find great mouthpieces in metal, rubber, and plastic, so to me the material is not terribly important for sound. However you might want to contact SYOS and see if there are any maintenance issues, such as how to clean this bonded material. It could be that there are porosity issues or solvent issues that you need to be aware of.

With all that said, I hope you have the chance to play a few, and then let the forum members know your opinion.
 

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With all that said, I hope you have the chance to play a few, and then let the forum members know your opinion.
Thanks for the input, it's exactly what I was hoping for. Of course none of us can know until we play one, right? And humans are unique and quirky, especially wind players.
As it happens, I am in France and I have spoken to Syos and will be able to try one of their pieces. Also, for those who are interested, Pauline, a founder of Syos has agreed to be a guest on my weekly Friday conference this week. That's this Friday at 5PM GMT, 12 Noon EST and 6 PM Paris/Berlin. If the forum admins don't mind, I'll post a video player here that can be used to watch live or the recorded version later. Our conference has local rate dial-in numbers in many world cities to phone in with questions and comments. When I first joined this forum, I tried to get an online meetup of members using this same technology.
 

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So we ended up with a 45 minute chat with Pauline. I asked about putting a viewer inline, but was advised no to, so of course I didn't. I found this search interesting. I haven't been playing long, and I understand how the search for a perfect mouthpiece continues for most saxophonists. My own exploration is to see what's comfortable and what sounds more like I feel I want to sound. I record myself daily on alto and soprano and it's part of the enjoyment of learning to examine the different elements of what makes up sound aside from the embouchure and breathing which we can control. It's obvious that there is no one perfect mouthpiece. There are so many parameters in just the mouthpiece, let alone the reeds and the rest of the instrument, that it take a long time to figure it all out.
 
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