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 Buying a crystal mouthpiece_opinions?
Author: tiagocunha 
Date:   2013-02-18 16:48

Hi all. I'm playing currently the soprano sax part on a saxs quartet that plays most of the time jazz and I think my B45 doesn't give me a jazzy tone at all. So, I was searching the Internet and came across the Pomarico Jazz Mouthpiece and I have a couple of questions to ask:
1-The B45 has a opening tip of 1.17 and the Pomarico has 1.39. How am I gonna feel that difference?
2-Buying a new barrel, like a Backun ringless, would help?
Thank you for your time, Tiago Cunha (Portugal)

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 Re: Buying a crystal mouthpiece_opinions?
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2013-02-18 17:31

If you're using a wider tip opening, you will need to use softer reeds.

You will also find the altissimo may be more difficult with a wide mouthpiece compared to a closer tip opening.


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 Re: Buying a crystal mouthpiece_opinions?
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2013-02-18 18:58

There probably isn't such a thing as a Jazz mouthpiece per se but it is generally assumed that many jazz players use a mouthpiece with a more open lay and softer reeds in order to assist note bending and glisss etc.

There are plenty of ebonite/hard rubber mouthpieces that also fit this bill from many manufacturers.
Vandoren themselves produce a 5JB or certainly used to.

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 Re: Buying a crystal mouthpiece_opinions?
Author: JJAlbrecht 
Date:   2013-02-18 19:02

I doubt that a new barrel will help with Jazz. If you are unhappy with your current barrel for reasons of intonation or general tone (the mouthpiece is more important for tone) then go ahead and order one.


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Post Edited (2013-02-19 18:43)

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