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I've been looking for an explanation of mouthpiece sizes like 4M, 4L, 5M, 5L, etc,

What does the # tell you and what does the S, M or L tell you? And how do you know which might be better with a particular sax for the sound you're looking for? e.g. If your sax plays a bit more dark and spread, and you don't want to use a dark mouthpiece to add to that effect what might you be looking for?

Thanks for any enlightenment you can provide.
 

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See if this makes any sense.

The letters could be length of facing or chamber size.
 

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Uh, you're talking to a beginner here. And one who's really bad at math! Ok, let me ask this then, how do the length of facing, chamber size and any other factors affect the sound? For instance, I was looking at the Morgan Jazz mouthpieces, and for alto they go from a 4M to an 8L with all of the options in between.
 

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Generally larger chambers will be darker sounding.
Longer facings will play the lower notes easier.
Baffles will make the sound brighter than not having a baffle.
Larger tip openings will require a softer reed, a bigger baffle will lessen the need for as soft of a reed.

I am not that familiar with the Morgan pieces, but the above are pretty general guidelines on what you might expect from most pieces.
 

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Ok, that's some good information to start with! It seems that ultimately you just have to end up trying a lot of mouthpieces until you find a sound you really love.
 

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NU2SAX said:
Ok, that's some good information to start with! It seems that ultimately you just have to end up trying a lot of mouthpieces until you find a sound you really love.
EXACTLY!!:)
 

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You're fun. Let's play more often! :cool:

Seriously, thanks for the advice.
 
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