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Posted a new review and sound clips of the Saxscape Slim Profile Arizona 7* Tenor Sax Mouthpiece. The Arizona's unique baffle gives it a beautiful and balanced tenor sax tone that leans to the darker side of the tenor saxophone tone spectrum to me. The tone is thick and warm with just a hint of sparkle and brightness to the tone in the upper register. Check it out!


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Man, the Arizona sounds really great in your review! These mouthpieces are so inexpensive I may just have to buy one of these for when I feel like something different from my Saxscape Live. It sounds like the Arizona has a similar focus as the Live but darker and maybe more fullness. I'm excited for the day Ken puts out a bari mouthpiece.
 

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Man, the Arizona sounds really great in your review! These mouthpieces are so inexpensive I may just have to buy one of these for when I feel like something different from my Saxscape Live. It sounds like the Arizona has a similar focus as the Live but darker and maybe more fullness. I'm excited for the day Ken puts out a bari mouthpiece.
That's a good description of it. The Saxscape Live is quite a bit brighter in comparison. Steve
 

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That's a good description of it. The Saxscape Live is quite a bit brighter in comparison. Steve
Thanks, these reviews and especially your playtests are invaluable. What was your impression of the Arizona on the dark-bright spectrum compared to the Fat Cat? I know there are so many other characteristics to a mouthpiece other than a simple "dark" or "bright," but just as one point of reference. The Saxscape website uses "dark" for both the Fat Cat and the Arizona but they don't really list their pieces in an order of darkness to brightness.
 

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I'm a bit of a Saxscape nut. The Fatcat has a more compressed focused and complicated sound whereas the Arizona is kind of like a perfect Otto Link Tone Edge dark but powerful. I believe that Fatcat has a smaller chamber than the Arizona so even though it's dark the smaller chamber and gives a little bit more focus. They're both amazing pieces. Also even darker to me, are the Slant and the Xtra Dark. Ken's pieces are amazing. There's no way to really recommend one they're all awesome pieces.
 

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I'm a bit of a Saxscape nut. The Fatcat has a more compressed focused and complicated sound whereas the Arizona is kind of like a perfect Otto Link Tone Edge dark but powerful. I believe that Fatcat has a smaller chamber than the Arizona so even though it's dark the smaller chamber and gives a little bit more focus. They're both amazing pieces. Also even darker to me, are the Slant and the Xtra Dark. Ken's pieces are amazing. There's no way to really recommend one they're all awesome pieces.
Have you tried the Florida. Ken sent me one to review but it is not on his site. I was trying to figure out where that one sat in the lineup last night. That was something special also and I think should be on his page.

 

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Yeah the Florida is awesome. If I could only pick one of his pieces it would probably be the Florida. It's got an amazing clarity and focus . From dark to bright (in my opinion) his pieces are: Xtra Dark/Slant/Fatcat/Arizona/Florida/Live/Hudson/Downtown (large chamber)/ Downtown (medium chamber). I've been using the Florida on a Piano duet gig and it's perfect for that setting.
 

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Yeah the Florida is awesome. If I could only pick one of his pieces it would probably be the Florida. It's got an amazing clarity and focus . From dark to bright (in my opinion) his pieces are: Xtra Dark/Slant/Fatcat/Arizona/Florida/Live/Hudson/Downtown (large chamber)/ Downtown (medium chamber). I've been using the Florida on a Piano duet gig and it's perfect for that setting.
Thanks BeauBarry - like you, I really like my Saxscape pieces. The Arizona might be moving towards the brighter end for my taste, but definitely something to consider.
 
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