Here is a fairly new Phil Barone tenor saxophone mouthpiece. This is the “Hollywood” model and is an 8 (.110) tip opening. I believe this is a 2009 model although there is no date on it ( his older mouthpieces had dates engraved on the side of them). I have owned 5-6 Barone mouthpieces over the years and I was very curious to try these new models that Phil is making. As you can see from the pictures of the baffle this has what looks like a shelf type baffle in it that made me think it would be very bright and loud. It wasn’t though………….
I was surprised when I first played this mouthpiece. I thought that it would be really bright and loud from the looks of the baffle but in reality it had a medium volume and was more on the midway line between dark and bright. The one thing I found about this mouthpiece was that it had a lot more resistance than other Hollywoods I have played in the past. I like a little bit of resistance when I play but this had a bit too much for my preference. I was also trying a Barone “Jazz” model when I was trying this mouthpiece and I really liked that one much more. It had less resistance and I could get more volume out of it. While I was playing, I felt like I was getting more of an airy and smokey vibe to the sound. The interesting thing is that the person who sent me the Barone mouthpieces told me that they liked the Hollywood the best. That goes to show you that each person has their own preferences for what they like or don’t like. I have to say though, please don’t take this review as the bottom line description of all Hollywood mouthpieces. I have played many over the years and there was a lot of variety in how much resistance each mouthpiece had. Some of the Hollywoods I have played in the past were more free blowing, louder and brighter. Some were darker and fatter. Some were more resistant like this one. Phil works on each mouthpiece by hand and many times customizes the mouthpiece for the needs of the player buying it. Phil’s website is www.PhilBarone.com if you want to read more about his mouthpieces…………Enjoy!