This is a great mouthpiece from Pete Thomas over in the UK. I emailed him a few months ago because I was interested in trying one of his tenor mouthpieces. He was kind enough to send me this one. I’m not sure what it is made of but it looks pretty cool. It’s looks remind me of some of those white rocks you find on the beach sometimes.
I will say up front that this is a mouthpiece that really surprised me. As soon as I opened the package and looked at it I thought “I’m really not going to like this mouthpiece”. It has a pretty high and long baffle in it. Usually when I play a tenor mouthpiece with that high a baffle it is incredibly loud, bright and obnoxious. Sometimes, I also find them hard to keep in tune. I kept this mouthpiece sitting on my desk for about a week and just kept looking at it. I felt a bit scared to try it……………..
PPT Handmade Mouthpiece
This morning I drank a few cups of Java and thought “OK, it’s time to try it out.” I was very surprised. The first thing I noticed was that the tone wasn’t near as bright as I thought it would be. It was thick and powerful. Down low the notes seemed centered and round like I like them. I actually found it well balanced and quite beautiful sounding. It sounded great just laying back and playing some bebop lines on it. If I put some more air through it I could quickly get a funk/rock sound out of it.
The second thing that I noticed, was that I felt totally at ease with this mouthpiece. Many times, I have to play a mouthpiece for a few hours or sometimes a few days just to get use to it. This PPT mouthpiece, I only played for about 15 minutes and I felt very comfortable on it. The clips I posted below were after 15 minutes of playing and they came out pretty good I thought.
The first one is with my typical recording setup so you can hear how it sounds compared to my other mouthpiece trials. The second clip was recorded in my garage. I love playing brighter more powerful tenor mouthpieces in my garage because it gives the sound a natural reverb that I like. That’s my favorite place to practice.
Thanks to Pete Thomas for letting me try this mouthpiece. It was a real joy to play. If you want to find out more about them or even order one you can visit www.petethomas.co.uk
Recorded in Garage with Natural Reverb