Today I’m reviewing a Fred Lamberson F Major 7 soprano saxophone mouthpiece. Fred Lamberson is a great mouthpiece maker that I have known about for years. I’ve tried most of his mouthpieces on my tenor saxophone and one of my favorite is my Lamberson J7. Over the years, I have never tried a Lamberson soprano mouthpiece though. I borrowed this mouthpiece from Timothy James who was nice enough to let me try it for a week. Tim’s website is at www.tjontheroad.com .
Lamberson F Major 7 Soprano Sax Mouthpiece
This mouthpiece doesn’t have any numbers on it but I am told that it is a .070 tip. It has what I would consider a medium high baffle that ends in a squeezed circular chamber. The chamber is quite a bit smaller than my Theo Wanne Gaia mouthpiece.
The Lamberson F Major 7 played easily with a Vandoren Java #3 reed. It has a nice center and focus to the tone because of the higher baffle. The intonation was great. It had a sweetness to the sound that I really loved. Also, the notes have a certain depth and thickness to them that I really liked. This mouthpiece is more resistant than the Gaia but like have said in other posts, this is a healthy nice resistance that allows the player to shape and mold the sound. I recorded this about 2-3 feet in front of my soprano bell. I’m not totally convinced that this is the best way to record soprano because the different notes have a different timbre depending on what’s coming out the bell at the mic but that’s what I’m doing until I find a better way.
If you like the sound of this mouthpiece check out http://lambersonmouthpieces.com/ . I’m not sure if Fred Lamberson is still making mouthpieces but if you are lucky enough to run across one give it a try!