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I'm looking for a new new mouthpiece for my Bari.
I'm don't exactly know what I'm looking for, but I'm interested in
the vandoren's. I mainly play jazz, I'm not bad but I'm not a pro.
Are there any suggestions?


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Call me a noob. Its ok
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If your looking for a mouthpiece, the best way to know which you like the best is to try some out. So, look for a store in your area to try some.

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christine2355 said:
Yeh, thats what I'm going to do, I was just wondering other people's thoughts on mouthpieces. My friend was telling me www.JodyJazz.com are good.
I've only played the JJ classic, but it was fantastic. Also check out Berg Larsen, Otto Link (especially the hard rubber ones) and Meyer. I've enjoyed all of those for jazz/rock/r&b bari playing and have been able to make all of them do what I want. A low-budget but high-quality option is the Rico Graftonite. I used to play one of these in high school until I got my Metalite (no longer made, but if you can get your hands on one, DO IT!).

Most good music stores will have the Bergs, Links, Meyers and the Graftonite, and some will have the JJ. Great ones will have old stock Metalites sitting around. Go out and try all of the mouthpieces listed above, plus whatever anybody else recommends, plus whatever else you find in the store. Take home whatever works best, and if nothing really gets you excited, don't buy a new mouthpiece just to have a new mouthpiece. Wait until one really clicks for you.

Good luck!
 

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The JodyJazz mouthpieces are all pretty good, and the Classic is a good place to start (and not too pricey at $150). Jody has a great return policy too, so if you don't like what you hear you can send it back to them for a full refund.
 

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You could also try a Rousseau JDX. They are inexpensive as Bari pieces go ($119 at wwbw.com and prowinds.com) I currently play one and it is easy to play, projects very well and I get a really big full sound on it. You can do a MPC trial and test out a couple of different sizes/brands. If this is going to be your first jazz MPC I would look into trying a JDX 5 or 6. Good luck!
 

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Christine,

I am primarily a bari player and I have a couple recommendations that work for me. I am a big fan of the vintage style metal berg larsens. When I was in high school about 10 years ago my jazz band director lent me his personal berg 95/1 metal piece which was a good mouthpiece for contemporary big band, R&B, and funk. I now play my own 120/1 berg which I wouldn't trade for anything and play on all styles. If you're looking for a more traditional big band type sound, I play a Jody Jazz HR* on both tenor and soprano ~$120 and love the rich, classic sound they produce although I've never tried one on bari. They play similar to a hard rubber Otto Link but much, much better and a lot more consistent. I don't think Jody makes any bad products, it seems to me that all of their stuff is really good, although some of their products like the DV series are quite pricey, but worth it if you can afford it.

Another one to try might be the Brilhart Levelaire mouthpiece. It is a metal piece with a low baffle and open chamber for a nice big sound, but it comes with a slip in spoiler that accentuates the high overtones and gives it a brighter pop/funk sound. I play one with the spoiler on alto and like it a lot for pop music. They are also very reasonably priced.

I like to order from wwbw.com (the woodwind and brasswind) they will let your order and try three mouthpieces at a time so you can test and compare and then return the ones you don't like. I find it a great way to shop if you're not near a music store with a large inventory. It's allowed me to really pick mouthpieces that give me the sound I'm looking for and fit my playing style. Good luck to you.
 

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dirty said:
A low-budget but high-quality option is the Rico Graftonite.
Which chamber size and tip opening did you like? I'm looking to point our bari player towards one. They're so cheap he could probably just buy them all and see what he likes, but it would be nice to hone in a few.
 

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Which chamber size and tip opening did you like? I'm looking to point our bari player towards one. They're so cheap he could probably just buy them all and see what he likes, but it would be nice to hone in a few.
From what I can see on the WWBW web site they only have a choice of three. B3 (0.090); B5 (0.100) and B7 (0.110)

And they were so cheap I did just that, bought all three!

See
http://www.wwbw.com/Rico-Royal-Graftonite-Bari-Sax-Mouthpiece-i81976.music
http://www.ricoreeds.com/productdetails.aspx?productCategoryName=SaxophoneMouthpieces&productID=4072
 

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Billt4mn said:
Which chamber size and tip opening did you like? I'm looking to point our bari player towards one. They're so cheap he could probably just buy them all and see what he likes, but it would be nice to hone in a few.
B7. I wish they made a B9, but the B7 has a nice, fat sound that's good for jazz.
 

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Yeah, I have a b5 that I blow on from time to time, but as of late it's been my Metalite that I'm enthralled in :]
 
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