Ken Okutsu Traditional II Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing my second hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpiece from Ken Okutsu in Japan. It is the Traditional II model and has a 7 tip opening which is .104. ( I call it a 7* tip in the recordings below because .104 is close to the traditional 7* size).  I hadn’t heard of Ken Okutsu before but Read More…

RS Berkeley Chris Potter Legends Series Tenor Sax Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing another RS Berkeley Legends Series tenor saxophone mouthpiece that was sent to me by Les Silver at RS Berkeley.  RS Berkeley has come up with the revolutionary idea of trying to find mouthpieces that were played and loved by jazz legends (deceased and still living)………and then copying them exactly so that Read More…

Benjamin Allen 10E .135 Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing another hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpiece from Benjamin Allen. It is another 10E model but this one is at a huge .135 tip opening. I have to admit that I have never played a .135 tip opening before.  I usually start complaining that a tip opening is too wide when I hit Read More…

Drake “Jerry Bergonzi” Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today,  I am reviewing a mouthpiece made by Aaron Drake of Drake Mouthpieces.  This  new mouthpiece is the Jerry Bergonzi model.  I have been a fan of Jerry Bergonzi’s since my first days at Berklee College of Music in Boston (1986).  Up until that time, I had only been an alto sax player.  I had Read More…

Bari Hybrid Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing the Bari Hybrid tenor saxophone mouthpiece 7* (.105 tip opening). This mouthpiece has the gold band around it.  It is called a “hybrid” because it is a mix of hard rubber and gold plated brass. The front part of the mouthpiece is all hard rubber but the shank and bore of Read More…

Bari Hybrid Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing the Bari Hybrid alto saxophone mouthpiece 6 (.077 tip opening).  This mouthpiece has the gold band around it.  It is called a “hybrid” because it is a mix of hard rubber and gold plated brass.  The front part of the mouthpiece is all hard rubber but the shank and bore of Read More…

Drake Pete Christieb Tenor Mouthpiece

This is a new hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpiece by Aaron Drake.  Aaron has started a new series of mouthpieces called the “Masters” series  where he copies the favorite mouthpieces of the great players alive today.  So far, he has made mouthpieces for Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi and Pete Christlieb. I have been a fan Read More…

Macsax D Model Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing a new MacSax alto saxophone mouthpiece that is made by Eric Falcon. I have reviewed a number of other mouthpieces in the past that were made or refaced by Eric Falcon which I loved.  This mouthpiece is the D model and is made of hard rubber. MacSax D Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Read More…

SaxZ Dave Sanborn Hard Rubber Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

This is a SaxZ “Dave Sanborn” hard rubber alto saxophone mouthpiece.  SaxZ is a company in Japan which is run by Mitsu Watanabe.  I have reviewed a metal SAXZ Dave Sanborn model in the past and was curious to try the hard rubber model.   This mouthpiece has an 8 tip opening. SaxZ Dave Sanborn Hard Read More…

MacSax FJIII Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing a new MacSax tenor saxophone mouthpiece that is made by Eric Falcon.  I have reviewed a number of other mouthpieces in the past that were made or refaced by Eric Falcon including the LA tenor mouthpiece which I loved.  This mouthpiece is named the FJIII.  I have no idea why it Read More…

Marmaduke Large Chamber Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing a new Marmaduke large chambered tenor saxophone mouthpiece that is made by Alex Miyatake in Japan.  This tenor mouthpiece  has a larger chamber than the first Marmaduke mouthpiece I reviewed here.  If you click on this link you can compare the clips to see how these two mouthpieces sound.  They were Read More…

Ishimori Woodstone 7* Hard Rubber Tenor Sax Mouthpiece

I have an Ishimori Woodstone hard rubber tenor sax mouthpiece to review and play for you today. This is a 7* tip opening (.105) hard rubber mouthpiece. I have been eagerly wanting to play one of these Ishimori mouthpieces for quite a while.  I reviewed an 8 tip last week and wanted to try a Read More…

Ishimori Woodstone Hard Rubber Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece

I have an Ishimori Woodstone hard rubber soprano sax mouthpiece to review and play for you today.  I’m not sure what tip opening this mouthpiece is as I don’t see any number markings on the mouthpiece.  It feels like it is around a .065 to me. Ishimori Woodstone Hard Rubber Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece Over the Read More…

Ishimori Woodstone Silver Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece

I have an Ishimori Woodstone silver tenor sax mouthpiece to review and play for you today. This is a 8 tip (.110) high baffled mouthpiece.  I have been eagerly wanting to play these Ishimori mouthpieces for quite a while. Ishimori Woodstone Silver Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Over the past few months, I have heard of Ishimori Read More…

Ishimori Woodstone Super Custom Hard Rubber Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

I have another Ishimori Woodstone  alto saxophone mouthpiece to review and play today.  This one is the hard rubber “Super Custom” traditional jazz model in a 6 tip opening.  I was very excited to play this alto mouthpiece as I have heard so much about the tenor mouthpieces and knew the alto mouthpiece would be Read More…

Ishimori Woodstone A11 Silver Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

I have an Ishimori Woodstone silver alto sax mouthpiece to review and play for you today. This is a 7* tip high baffled mouthpiece.  I have been eagerly wanting to try these Ishimori mouthpieces out for quite awhile. Ishimori Woodstone A11 Silver Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Over the past few months I have heard of Ishimori Read More…

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