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I'm looking for examples of tenor players that use hard rubber, or at least non-metal, mouthpieces. (I'm thinking current/living people, but I'm open to other players, too!!!)

Who are some of your favorites?

To get us started, here are some of mine:

  • Max Ionata (I've seen him demo a few mouthpieces on YouTube, but I'm not sure what he's actually playing on gigs.)
  • Joel Frahm (He seems to go back and forth between HR and metal, however...)
  • Melissa Aldana (It looks like she is playing a Matt Marantz Slant Legacy Mouthpiece recently.)
  • Larry McKenna (I think he uses an old HR Otto Link.)
  • Tivon Pennicott (On the Syos train at the moment.)

Bonus points for setup details. ;-)
 

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Jerry Bergonzi (Early Babbitt Otto Link Tone Edge).
Rich Perry (modified Selmer Soloist)
 

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[*]Max Ionata (I've seen him demo a few mouthpieces on YouTube, but I'm not sure what he's actually playing on gigs.)




Probably my favourite current tenor sound on You Tube is Ionata on a Navarro Maestra.
3 in particular.
A masterclass he gave in Moscow, his version of “ but not for me”, and his version of “caravan”

But I understand this his favourite piece is a BARI that has been refaced.

I bought a MAESTRA and a BARI..... Both great mouthpieces. But sadly, I dont sound as good as he does. Can’t understand it !!!!!
 

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Mark Shim on a rubber Berg

Gary Thomas, still using a Strathon

Mark Turner, but not sure if he's playing a Link or a Lamberson these days ..

Greg Tardy on a Ralph Morgan

Eddie Daniels currently using an Aaron Drake

Joe Lovano always with the Francois Louis

Johannes Enders plays various non metal pieces

Jure Pukl on a SYOS

Chris Cheek
 

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A lot of players use both metal and hard rubber.

I have enjoyed recordings by these modern guys on hard rubber:

Joel Frahm
Tony Lakatos
Seamus Blake
Max Ionata
Doug Lawrence
Ben Wendel
Branford Marsalis
Joshua Redman
David Mann
Dave O’Higgins
Doug Webb


and so many others....





I still wish and wonder what it would’ve sounded like to have heard Dexter and Gene Ammons on a hard rubber piece.

We have all heard Dexter on his metal Dukoff and metal Link, and Jug on his plastic Brilhart Ebolin and early on with his Tonalin.
 

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A lot of players use both metal and hard rubber.

I have enjoyed recordings by these modern guys on hard rubber:

Joel Frahm
Tony Lakatos
Seamus Blake
Max Ionata
Doug Lawrence
Ben Wendel
Branford Marsalis
Joshua Redmond
David Mann
Dave O’Higgins
Doug Webb


and so many others....
Hah! I was just going to mention Joshua Redman - and comment that he sounds good regardless of whether playing metal or hard rubber.
 

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Oops, my voice texting spelled his name wrong, but I just adjusted it.
I thought I caught all the mistakes before I posted it but clearly not.

Yes, he can sound so wonderful on hard rubber. These guys who play both, can make metal and hard rubber sound fantastic. I have heard recordings of Branford on certain hard rubber pieces and don’t like the sound much, and then I can hear him on other recordings where he sounds phenomenal!!
 

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The last thing I look for is what sax or material a great player is playing. I do know, however, that Joel Frahm prefers hard rubber.

I play on both. I prefer metal on tenor and HR on everything else.
 

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In addition to Seamis, Joel Franm, Max Ionata, Chris Cheek, Melissa Aldana, Bergonzi, etc.

Noah Preminger - Jody Jazz HR
Ralph Bowen - Vandoren
Scott Robinson - Vandoren
Lucas Pino - Vandoren V16 L
Adam Larson - Vandoren V16
Troy Roberts - Vandoren V16
Rory Coss - Vandoren V16
Matt Otto - Mouthpiece cafe Espresso (I think?)
 

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Jerry Bergonzi (Early Babbitt Otto Link Tone Edge).
Rich Perry (modified Selmer Soloist)
Personally, I FAR prefer Bergonzi's sound back when he played metal Links as opposed to anything HR that he's played on since. Again....just my preference.

Mark Shim on a rubber Berg

Gary Thomas, still using a Strathon

Mark Turner, but not sure if he's playing a Link or a Lamberson these days ..

Greg Tardy on a Ralph Morgan

Eddie Daniels currently using an Aaron Drake

Joe Lovano always with the Francois Louis

Johannes Enders plays various non metal pieces

Jure Pukl on a SYOS

Chris Cheek
Same with Joey Love.... When he played metal Links, it was smoooookin', but ever since he switched to those wooden FL's, there's something in his sound that simply went away that I miss.
 
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