I received this piece in a trade deal for one of my metal Florida Links. It was a hard deal to make but I did it because I was so curious about the “Focustone” mouthpieces. I’ve tried Ted Klum’s work before down at Roberto’s in NYC years ago and once when Bob Ackerman came up to NH with a bunch of mouthpieces. His mouthpieces have always played well for me and I could tell he did great work. This “Focustone” is silver (even though the picture looks gold). It has a high rollover baffle in it but isn’t super bright sounding. I can see why he calls it the “Focustone”.
Ted Klum Focustone Tenor Mouthpiece
It has very centered focused sound kind of in the middle of bright and dark. I would say this is the closest thing I have played to the Florida Link mouthpieces that I have owned. One bad thing about this piece is that it is so hard to find a ligature to fit it because it is smaller than a normal Otto Link. I went through all 40 ligatures I have and couldn’t find one to fit it. I finally tried my soprano ligature which fit well but the plate was not totally flat on the reed. Besides that, this is a great tenor mouthpiece and was a pleasure to play.