How do I choose a saxophone mouthpiece?
The Saxophone Mouthpiece (and Clarinet Mouthpiece) Tip Size, or Tip-Opening, is the distance between the reed and mouthpiece tip. This number is usually on the side of the mouthpiece body, or on the table. The smaller the tip size the more narrow the opening; the larger the tip size the larger the opening.
However, what is the difference in saxophone mouthpieces?
For sax mouthpieces the common rule is that softer materials produce a darker sound with less projection, while harder materials just the opposite (brighter and more projection). From plastics to metal though, you have a wide range of options to choose from, allowing you to truly customize your sound.
On the other hand, what do the numbers on saxophone mouthpieces mean?
The tip opening is often indicated by a number or a letter (for example 5, 5 *, T95 or C *, F). In terms of the dimensions of the mouthpiece, this translates to a distance between the reed and the mouthpiece varying according to different saxophone models: Mouthpiece. Range variation in mm. Range variation in
In addition, what is a baffle on a saxophone mouthpiece?
The baffle is the part of the mouthpiece located just behind the reed: it is the surface that the air, vibrated by the reed, strikes directly, therefore its geometry is crucial.
Meanwhile, when should I change my saxophone mouthpiece?
Here are some reasons to change your Saxophone mouthpiece
Some are working too hard to get a good tone (blowing way too much air and/or exhausting their embouchure) and want a mouthpiece that helps them play the entire range of the horn more efficiently.
And, is mouthpiece more important than the saxophone?
The result is that there is no significant difference in a listener's perception of saxophone sound when steel or hard plastic mouthpieces of similar dimensions are employed in playing long tones on a saxophone.
Nevertheless, does mouthpiece affect saxophone?
Saxophone mouthpiece anatomy
The saxophone is a wind instrument, so from an acoustic point of view, the material of the different components (including the mouthpiece) has no effect on the sound. In fact, it's the internal geometry of the bore which is most important.
Next, are sax mouthpieces universal?
Saxophone mouthpieces come in a variety of different sizes and are made of different materials. The size of each mouthpiece refers to the tip opening. Like reeds, different mouthpiece brands have different ways of referring to the size of the tip opening, usually either numerical or alphabetical.
Nonetheless, why are mouthpieces so expensive?
The main factors affecting mouthpiece pricing appear to be: The amount of hand-finishing. The material, e.g., plastic, hard rubber, cheap metal, or costlier metal.