Peter Ponzol ML Tenor Mouthpiece

About 7 years ago I had a Peter Ponzol ML .110 tenor saxophone mouthpiece.  It was my favorite mouthpiece at the time.  Big fat sound but when I pushed it it had loads of power. There was only one problem…..I could never find good reeds for it.  It would always fail the suction test and then when a reed would work I would put it down and when I picked it up it would no longer work.  I sent it to Peter Ponzol who said there was a slight nick in the side rail of the mouthpiece.  He fixed it and sent it back.  The funny thing was that after that I didn’t really like it as much!   Well, ever since then I’ve had that Ponzol ML mouthpiece on my mind.   I saw this one on ebay and snagged it up.  It plays great.  Nice lush sound down low and full sweet sound up high.  I really like these mouthpieces.   Mr. Ponzol does a great job with them.  I’m amazed that he could get a link type sound out of these pieces using the design he does but I think it works.  I use to own a couple M2 and they were great also. Listen………​

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. I have an ML and an M2, both 110. I find the ML really hard work to push air through and need a very soft reed on it.
    When I can get it working, I find the ML has a brighter and more complex/expressive tone, but not the volume of the M2.

  2. Hey Steve,

    I finally got around to following some advice that Joe Giardullo gave me about using an Optimum soprano ligature on this piece (as well as a “Missing Link”). Crazy, but it matches up perfectly.

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