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Mouthpiece Recommendations/help/guide.

1757 Views 5 Replies 6 Participants Last post by  Koen88
I've been playing sax for five years now, and bari for two. I'm looking for a new mouthpiece, as mine is a simple plastic student model. I'm having trouble finding help online on my own, as I don't understand all the information being thrown at me, and I can't make too much sense of the mouthpiece review thread due to the fact that it's just like having a ton of names thrown at me.

Here's what I'm going for
-fast, easy response in any dynamic
-ability to play well in any dynamic
-ability to play really really loudly
-ability to play overtones
-dark, warm, growly sound
-usable for both classic and jazz

I use Vandoren(blue box) 3 1/2 reeds(sometimes 3s). I can play with very good air support, so that shouldn't be a problem. I was leaning towards the brass plated mouthpieces. Any help, tips, etc. is appreciated.

Also, what do the numbers signify in mouthpiece names(eg 6, 6*, 7, etc.)?


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I snagged a Link Tone Edge 6* HR and holy crap do I like it. I haven't taken the STM out of my mouthpiece drawer since.

The STM just seems too "blatty" to me. Very capable of being loud, not a bad tone but just too much of something.

If you want to go crazy loud, I had a metal RIA 8 about 14 years ago that let me outblow trumpet sections on bari. Somehow I got a pretty good tone out of it - don't really hear much regarding them, though.
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