Here is a fairly new Phil Barone tenor saxophone mouthpiece. This is the “Jazz” model and is a 7*(.105) tip opening. I believe this is a 2009 model although there is no date on it (his older mouthpieces had dates engraved on the side of them). I have owned 5-6 Barone mouthpieces over the years and I was very curious to try these new models that Phil is making. I received this with a Barone Hollywood model to try out………….
As you can see from the pictures, this looks to have a lower baffle than the “Hollywood” model. I really loved this mouthpiece. It had a very unique sound to it that was hard for me to describe. It had a fat lushness to it but at the same time had some brightness in the sound. It also had a considerable amount of power to it when I pushed it that was nice. Out of the Barone mouthpieces I have owned, the “Jazz” model has been my favorite of all the models. This one seems a little brighter than I remember the others being that I played years ago but it still has that core sound that is unique to Barones. I’ve always wondered if it has something to do with the tip rail as Phil’s tip rail and corners have a unique look to them from every other mouthpiece out there. I went into a little bit of “Fried Bananas” by Dexter Gordon on the sound clip and really like the way it sounds. Phil’s website is www.PhilBarone.com if you want to read more about his mouthpieces…………Enjoy!