Macsax D Model Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing a new MacSax alto saxophone mouthpiece that is made by Eric Falcon. I have reviewed a number of other mouthpieces in the past that were made or refaced by Eric Falcon which I loved.  This mouthpiece is the D model and is made of hard rubber.

MacSax D Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Here is what is said about the MacSax D model on the MacSax website:

The new MACSAX ® D-Jazz Hard Rubber mouthpieces are designed to deliver the timeless sounds of the most sought after vintage pieces while delivering a more efficient contemporary feel.

Made from pure hard rubber, the D-Jazz benefits from an extensive amount of handcrafting. The table, facing, rails, and baffle are all carefully hand crafted. This delicate time consuming process leads to a mouthpiece with a rich and balanced sound that responds instantly and evenly.

The D-Jazz Alto mouthpiece features a medium chamber and a long, low baffle. This combination gives the piece a rich sound with strong projection when needed. The hand crafted facing assures a consistent and reed friendly feel.

The mouthpiece that I tried had a 6 tip opening.  I used a Woodtone #3 reed on it.  It played great right out of the box.  It has a slight rollover baffle at the tip.  I felt like the tone was very even and smooth sounding.  It had a nice bright ring to the sound that I really liked.  Something about the tone is very smooth and round sounding to me. The tone is focused and reminds me of a great playing vintage Meyer type sound.  The sound is easy to manipulate and control and the intonation is right on.  The tip and rails are perfect and hold to Eric Falcon’s high standards.

MacSax D Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Overall, I believe this is a great mouthpiece if you looking for a beautiful sound with some nice highs and “zing” in the tone. This would be great for straight ahead bebop type playing, lead alto in a big band or even more modern playing.   If your looking for that classic “vintage” Meyer type sound but can’t afford their price tag, this is a great alternative.  If your interested in trying one of these mouthpieces yourself, visit MacSax.com. and talk to Eric Falcon yourself.  Thanks so much to Eric and MacSax for sending me this MacSax D model alto mouthpiece to review.

MacSax D Alto Saxophone 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. David Smith says:

    I have this MPC and a macsax alto sax.I like the sax better than my selmer
    SA 80 11.I am sure glad to here o f your long over do recovery.If you get a chance,do a review of the Ivan Meyer mouth pieces.www.ivanmeyer.com
    They are the best looking MPCs out there,and he sounds good on them.
    Thanks Dave

  2. Graham Snell says:

    Sounds good Steve but what are you using as your main Alto piece at the moment

  3. I don’t really have a main piece on alto. It’s whatever I feel like playing in the moment. The pieces I play the most are a Ishimori Woodstone 6, Theo Wanne Gaia,JVW Meyer,SaxZ Sanborn and a Brian Powell V16. I love each of those for different reasons.

  4. I’ve been playing the D-Jazz alto mpc for about 4 months and I’m really liking it. The full body tone combined with the great projection is what a really love. The D shelved my NY Meyer, Acoustimax, and my V16. Thanks for the review!

  5. Hi Steve, a question for you. I’ve been playing on a Meyer 5M hard rubber alto mouthpiece, and I’ve been interested in trying out this Macsax mouthpiece. What size tip do you recommend that may be close to the Meyer 5M?

  6. Daniel, if you play a 5 and like it I would go with the same. If you feel like you want more power or volume maybe try a 6 or 7………

  7. Thank you so much! I will try it out. I highly appreciate it

  8. Thought this might be helpful to anyone interested in MACSAX alto mouthpieces.

    I emailed Eric about facings and this was the gist of his response:

    Tip openings:
    5 = .072″
    6 = .076″
    7 = .080″
    8 = .085″
    9 = .090″

  9. Great! Thanks for providing those tip openings Josiah. Steve

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