Marmaduke Large Chamber Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing a new Marmaduke large chambered tenor saxophone mouthpiece that is made by Alex Miyatake in Japan.  This tenor mouthpiece  has a larger chamber than the first Marmaduke mouthpiece I reviewed here.  If you click on this link you can compare the clips to see how these two mouthpieces sound.  They were both recorded the same.

Marmaduke Large Chamber Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

This Marmaduke LC (Large Chamber) tenor saxophone mouthpiece looks great.  The tip and rails are thin and even. The tip matches the shape of my Vandoren reeds perfectly.  The mouthpiece has a slight rollover baffle. The chamber  looks to be similar in size to a hard rubber Otto Link size chamber.

Marmaduke Large Chamber Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

The 7* (.105 tip opening) had a very rich complex sound to my ears.  In comparison to the normal Marmaduke mouthpiece in the review above,  I feel that this mouthpiece is a bit darker and richer in tone.  I played a Vandoren Java 2 1/2 reed on it and that reed was perfect for it. The intonation was normal and the response was clean and immediate.  The low end had a smokey round quality to the tone.  I had a lot of fun sub-toning on this mouthpiece.  I loved the rich low end.

Many times, with a large chambered piece you will gain a darker richer tone but lose a bit of volume and brightness from other mouthpieces that have a smaller chamber and/or higher baffle.  This mouthpiece had a nice full tone and volume  even with the larger chamber.  I don’t think I would choose it for a loud rock gig because of the darker tone but this would be a great mouthpiece to go out and play a burning jazz set with.

Marmaduke Large Chamber Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

If your interested in trying one of these mouthpieces yourself, visit Marmaduke Mouthpieces and talk to Alex Miyatake yourself about how to order one.

Marmaduke Large Chamber Tenor Mouthpiece

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.

Comments

  1. Jan Jespersen says:

    Mark Turner trying one out….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikSoyrvps-k

  2. Your written description states this is a 7 star 105, but in the audio you say it is a 100 tip opening. I’d be interested in knowing which it was. But either way, I thought this was a good sound for you, with a gentler tone in the upper range. Did you play any altissimo on the piece, (none was recorded) and if so, how did that feel? Also, I don’t know if you bought the piece, but if you did, and decide to sell it, I’m interested. Thanks.

  3. Can you address the resistance of this mouthpiece? Is it similar to an Otto Link?

  4. It’s hard to compare it to an Otto Link because I have played tons of Otto Links with different resistance. It played pretty freely and had a big sound. Besides that, I can’t say much more about the resistance as I don’t remember exactly. Steve

  5. Leon,
    No, I had to send this one back to the maker. I’m not sure what happened there with the tip opening. I made a mistake it seems. I’m sure I did play altissimo on it. It was a long time ago so I can’t remember any specifics about how it played up there. Sorry. Steve

  6. Hello. I know it has been awhile since you reviewed this, but how do you feel this would compare to a V16? I have played on a V16 for awhile now but I feel like it has no body to the sound and altissimo is a struggle.

  7. Hi njc,      From what I remember the V16 has a slightly smaller chamber than the Marmaduke LC mouthpiece.  I seem to remember the Marmaduke as having a bigger darker sound than the V16’s I have played.     Steve

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