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I currently have a Jupiter 4C mouthpiece that came with my sax. It is ok, but i read somwhere that upgrading your mouthpiece can really improve playability. So i decided to try some out. I tried my friends Yanagisawa mouthpiece. it is wider and bigger than mine but i think the tip opening is the same, not sure. however, my sax felt a lot nicer to play and some of the notes i strugle with, some of the low ones, became easy to play. Im not sure whether this is because the mouthpice is bulkier than mine, or whether its just better quality or something like that. I was just wondering whether this has been the case for anyone else and whether they could recomend any mouthpieces. thanks :)
 

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Yanigasawa are a good quality mouthpiece, much better than a 4C included with your instrument.

Be prepared for everybody to post their favorite mouthpiece. Or just look at the other threads asking for mouthpiece recommendations.
 

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yeah i thought that. i spotted the number '5' written on the mouthpiece so im guessing thats the tip opening or something.
 

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Well, Carl is right, Everyone will post their favourite mouthpiece :).

I'd say go for a Selmer C** if you're looking for a larger tip opening. They're also very high quality mouthpieces.
 

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Asht: The number 5 on your Yanagisawa does indicate the tip-opening, but only in relationship with a 6 or 7, etc. To determine the tip opening of a Yanagisawa 5, you should probably refer to a chart that shows all the makers and their designations (the Yanagisawa 5 has no relationship to other makers' pieces unless you convert that 5 to measurement, and then convert the other makers' designations to the same measuring system).

Everyone's embouchure is different, thus having others tell you what will play best for you is folly. Only you can decide that. Generally, Yanagisawa pieces are highly regarded, but I'll bet there is someone out there who likes their Jupiter 4C better than a Yanagisawa 5 or a Selmer C**. DAVE
 

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For your reference, the 4C is about 160 mm/100 or 0.063 inches, while the Yanagisawa 5 is 170 mm/100 or 0.067 inches.

"I'm not sure whether this is because the mouthpiece is bulkier than mine, or whether its just better quality or something like that. I was just wondering whether this has been the case for anyone else and whether they could recommend any mouthpieces."

Whereas the Jupiter is plastic (assuming) and machine-faced, the Yanagisawa is hard rubber and has been adjusted by hand. Your improvement would be because the mouthpiece is higher quality and because your embouchure finds it easier to play on the slightly more open tip.

"I'll bet there is someone out there who likes their Jupiter 4C better than a Yanagisawa 5 or a Selmer C**."

I wonder who that person is...
 

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Dave Dolson said:
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Everyone's embouchure is different, thus having others tell you what will play best for you is folly. Only you can decide that. Generally, Yanagisawa pieces are highly regarded, but I'll bet there is someone out there who likes their Jupiter 4C better than a Yanagisawa 5 or a Selmer C**. DAVE
true,
i know people who's parents think that being told their kid needs to get a new mouthpiece have gone and bought a metal yanni cos it's expensive, which obviously means it's great! *sarcasm*
and have preferred their yamaha 4c and get a good sound from it too!
 

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I think the simple answer is if you like the Yani, go and get one. They come up on SOTW and on eBay from time to time,so it would be worth waiting for one. The ones that appear are usually new or near new as their owners have gone out and bought something expensive. Don't be fooled: Yanis are very good quality and excellent as step up mouthpieces/
 

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thanks everyone for the advice, and ill definetly keep my eye out for one. my friend has upgraded from that yanagasawa mouthpice to a selmer s80 (i think thats what its called) so ill have to rob that off him and have a play with it :twisted: hopefully ill find one thats best for me. thanks again
 

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My experience of the Selmer S80, which is very widely used it must be said, is that it can be difficult to get out the top and bottom notes. Sound is beautiful, but the Yani is very good and an easier blow .. for me.
 

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i got a selmer s80 C* in the end and the sound is really lovely and warm. i found the lower notes easier to reach than on my stock jupiter 4C mouthpiece. the higher notes are a little harder too, but its fine. i love the sound. :)
 
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