Sakshama “Lost Wax” Florida Link Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

This is a Sakshama “lost wax” florida link metal mouthpiece that I received from Sakshama Koloski  a few months ago.  He was gracious enough to let me try one of his mouthpieces.  I put lost wax in quotations because I’m not sure exactly what that means.  This mouthpiece is a great example of a great playing link.   For me it had a thicker brighter sound to it. It reminded me of more of a John Coltrane, Jerry Bergonzi, Walt Weiskopf type sound.  That is the sound I was reminded of when I played this mouthpiece.   This mouthpiece had a .108 tip opening on it. The Vandoren Java 2 1/2 reeds I had felt too soft so I went for the Java 3’s.  Unfortunately, I was in a hurry to send this back because of a trip I was going on and forgot to take any pictures of it.  It’s been sitting on my hard drive since August but I thought I’d put it up for those of you who are interested.  Let me know what you think.

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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. Steve – “lost wax” refers to casting method used to produce the mouthpiece. There’s a good write-up of the process on Theo Wanne’s website:

    Scroll down to the section entitled, “Investment (lost wax) casting”

  2. Avatar Bill Bryant says

    Here’s some stuff about lost wax casting.

  3. Avatar Sheridan Farrah says

    Steve, This might be one of my favorite Link’s you’ve had on here… you sound so “at home” on it, if that makes sense? Just a lush thick sound, but with projection,… just my thoughts. have you played any of his other pieces?

  4. This piece sounds bright for a link, but it’s not really a link. Regardless it sounds great. I read that you have/had a Lebayle Jazz, how did you like it, and can you describe the sound? I’m looking into trying one out.

    • Yes, this was brighter for a link. Reminded me of a Coltrane type of sound. (Not that I have a Coltrane type of sound but it was leaning more in that direction than most pieces I have played.

  5. Avatar Andrew Bowie says

    I got Sakshama to make me a 105 version of this, asking for it to be brighter with a slightly narrower chamber to reproduce something of what I like about my V16 T75. He came up with exactly what I wanted, and it is now my main piece. Sample at
    This is quite dark. I have figured that with a different lig it is rather brighter. It can be really loud: I did an unamplified gig outside with a powerful rhythm section and had no trouble at all.

  6. I’m having a Dukoff Stubby built for me soon. Tried one of his and it blew me away. I went to his house to try his Link double line piece. Me and another player were there and we both played the original then played his version. Both of us liked the original but liked his version much better. It just spoke easier and had no stuffiness. Terrific!

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