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 Clarinet to Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Comparison
Author: as9934 
Date:   2014-06-06 03:26

I have recently aquired a Selmer Aristocrat Tenor Saxophone and I need a good cheap (<$30) beginner mouthpiece. I am primarily a clarinet player but am going to be playing sax for jazz band at a music camp. What beginner mouthpiece would you guys recommend? How do the facings and tip opening compare to the facings and tip openings on a clarinet mouthpiece? Shoud I try to find a mouthpiece with a similar tip opening and facing to the ones on my clarinet (1.09 and 19 for my Vandoren 5rv and 1.19 and 21 for my B45)? Any other advice for a beginning sax player?

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wind Ensemble
Buffet E11 clarinet , Vandoren Masters CL6 13 series mouthpiece w/ Pewter M/O Ligature, Vandoren V12 3.5
Yamaha 200ad clarinet, Vandoren B45 mouthpiece, Rovner ligature

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 Re: Clarinet to Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Comparison
Author: rcnelson 
Date:   2014-06-06 21:12

Maybe the best <$100 mouthpieces are the Rosseau R and NC series. I can't speak from experience but if I was looking for something like what you looking for, I would try one. Their reputation stands out. Do a Google search on them, and you will find a lot of info.

And welcome to the world of doubling.

Ron
Selmer Mark VI tenor (1957), Selmer Mark VII alto (1975)
Buescher True Tone soprano (1924), Selmer CL210 Bb Clarinet, Gemeinhardt 3SHB Flute, Pearl PFP105 Piccolo


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 Re: Clarinet to Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Comparison
Author: concertmaster3 
Date:   2014-06-06 22:59

You might try the Hite Debut Mouthpieces also. I haven't tried them out on sax, but they should be pretty good also.

Ron Ford
Woodwind Specialist
Performer/Teacher/Arranger
http://www.RonFordMusic.com

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 Re: Clarinet to Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Comparison
Author: Merlin_Williams 
Date:   2014-06-08 19:12

Trying to find a tenor sax mouthpiece that matched your clarinet mouthpiece tip opening would be disastrous.

The tip opening ranges typically used by tenor players range from about .068" to upwards of .120". The sweet spot for doubling/jazz/commercial playing is typically between .085" and .105".

The Hite Debut is a good all round piece, as is the Vandoren T35.

Personally, I use a Vandoren V16 T7 for most of my show and jazz tenor playing, but I keep a couple of smaller tip opening/larger chamber pieces around for concert band and classical playing.

Jupiter Canada Artist/Clinician
Stratford Shakespeare Festival musician
Woodwind Doubling Channel Creator on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodwindDoubling

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