Re: Alto Metal Mouthpieces
Two words, Kenny G. That is why people don't like metal mouthpieces on alto's. He pretty much ruined that one. Seriosly though, it really is bad. The alto requires a tight embochure to stay in tune and have that sweet alto sound we have all come to know and love. A metal mouthpiece requres a round loose embouchure to sound like a saxophone (and not a dying trumpet). When you mix the two it really dosn't sound good (once again I refer you to Kenny G). It is really hard to control, and even when you do get used to it, it is still really unpredictable. It is really not fun to sqeak in the middle of a solo, trust me, I've done it (luckily it was only practice.) I have a metal for my tenor and I love it. I am all over that thing, It sounds like that cool sax sound I hear in my head. However I expiremnted with the metal for alto in marching band one time and hated it. It was squeky and unresponsive. And it was really tough to play quiet without jumping an octive. It sounded like I was a begginer all over again. And by that time I was used to the metal too. All in all it's just bad.