Item Number S453
Gold-plated metal ring and inner bore
Tip Opening: 1.65mm
Yes, clearly. That's what Delangle was playing before this piece. I guess he wanted a bigger tip opening, among other things. The Selmer info refers to the "Concept family."Interesting - do you think it has been developed from the Concept ?
Hard words for a fine and well known classical player ...."Claude who?"
"I think he's the guy that taps his keys thinking a saxophone is somehow a percussion instrument. So I suppose I should inquire as to how his mouthpiece sounds when hit with a stick..."
That kind of stuff is usually the composer's choice, not the performer's. Contemporary classical compositions make use of a number of "extended techniques," and sometimes percussion is called for. (I've seen a cool sax quartet performance with massive foot stomps.) This is not unique to saxophones, of course. Percussion is relatively common in classical guitar pieces, partly because of flamenco influence, I suppose. "Prepared piano" (sticking objects in the strings) is another example.I've seen him perform live at least a couple times now. I like the guy... but when he started to tap and click on his horn in the middle of a song... I'm sorry, I just burst out laughing. It was funny.
No it doesn't. Slap tonguing involves actually playing the saxophone. Not clicking keys when your mouth ain't even on the horn.Slap tonguing is also a percussive saxophone technique. It's not "good tone" in the traditional sense, nor is it normal embouchure technique. But the effect is interesting, and adds powerful accents. Key percussion works the same way.
Kessler's is now listing the Delangle mouthpiece at $324.75 (not yet in stock; full retail price supposedly $500). https://www.kesslerandsons.com/product/selmer-paris-claude-delangle-alto-sax-mouthpiece/. As I suspected, this piece has crossed the line from mass-market pricing into boutique classical alto mouthpiece pricing, at least in the United States. I'd bet that a portion of the price increase over the standard alto Concept's price is based on Selmer's assessment of what the market will bear, after the introduction of the Theo Wanne and Chedeville classical mouthpieces.I remember seeing Professor Delangle perform live at a conference last October with this mouthpiece, or at least a prototype of it, he sounded fantastic (as expected). At the time, my friends and I were under the impression that it was just a custom Concept with a ring on the shank, but it's very interesting that the metal is in the chamber too. Knowing Selmer, it'll be pricy but I'm intrigued to try one.
Najouks-McGlaughlin or something like then. Henton too and others.John Rodby wrote a concerto that Harvey Pittel recorded on a Crystal LP in the 1970s that incorporated key pops, so this isn't really a new technique.
Metal/rubber hybrid sax mouthpieces are as old as dirt. Was it Naujoks or something that made one... the name is no longer on the tip of my tongue.