I’ve been curious about these mouthpieces for awhile now. They are made by Ken Barry in PA. His website is www.Saxscape.com I appreciate Ken Barry because not only is he a craftsman but he is a great player also. I find his website very enjoyable to visit because Ken puts up real clips of his mouthpieces being played. This is the NF model tenor mouthpiece he has listed on his site. It’s a nice piece. If I were to compare it to my hard rubber link I would say it’s a bit brighter and more focused sounding. The top register has a nice singing quality to it while the lows are still fat and big sounding. If you want more info on it you can check out Ken’s site. He has a whole bunch of models available. Listen………
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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for over 30 years. He is the author of many best selling jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.
I have a prototype ‘Slant’ model. Very easy blowing, complex sound. When you push a nice bright edge cuts in.
I have XtraDark and SL Slant, both 102 Prototypes, which I find extremely flexible an free blowing (and excellent value for moeny btw…). I only have problem when trying hitting notes higher than the F sharp but thats’s probably me lacking practice. Thank you Steve for your wonderful blog, I am curious if you have tried other saxscape models.
No, Just the ones I have on my blog. I’m glad you like the blog and find it helpful. Steve