Distinguished SOTW Member, Forum Contributor 2007-
Who here plays a Francois Louis mouthpiece? Which models have you played and how do you compare them to benchmarks like Otto link or Berg Larsen? Thanks.
I have a Spectruoso SP that I play from time to time. It's a great playing mouthpiece; sound is more 'wooden' than most other pieces I have. It has great dynamics and is very easy to control. All in all a very good piece. Some people have commented that the mouthpiece makes them sound too much like Lovano or Henderson but it's not like that for me at all.Who here plays a Francois Louis mouthpiece? Which models have you played and how do you compare them to benchmarks like Otto link or Berg Larsen? Thanks.
I have played one (Spectruoso SP) for some time in the past, but currently prefer large chamber pieces.I have a couple of SPs. Although I don't play them anymore, I absolutely love them. They have a unique sound with lots of focus and projection. They definitely have their own identity - not a link, not a berg, not a soloist, not a guardala. There's a definite FL 'thing'. Craftsmanship is beautiful on my signature and non signature pieces and the just play great. The only thing is that I felt a definite volume 'ceiling' when playing them.
Thanks Henblower. Both of your clips are very helpful. The FL mouthpieces sound wonderful. Expressive and musical.… This is what Paul sounds like on this very same mouthpiece and an early 50s SBA in a sample from the WDR Bigband with Maria Schneider… https://www.dropbox.com/s/4qd7srzh9z...eller.mp3?dl=0