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by OklahomanSax
(18 posts)
10 years ago

help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

hi everyone, I just found out that i'm going to have to play my alto in my high schools jazz band. and i need some help finding a good jazz mouthpiece. I'm looking at an otto link but i dont' know what size to get. any advice would be appreciated.

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  1. by johnny_hodges
    (15 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

    I'm sure someone has already mentioned this, but Meyer mouthpieces are the best for Alto Saxes in Jazz. I use a Meyer G with a "5" facing (along with Vandoren ZZ's). I think that it's much easier to play with than metal Otto Links, and they help you with playing a lot.

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  2. by saxman0317
    (53 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

    NY model, some where between a 3 and 6* for alto, depends on perosnal choice

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  3. by sax_maniac
    (984 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

    A 5 or 6 facing on a Link should be manageable for a first jazz mouthpiece. Links have a nice stable tone, too. Some jazz mouthpieces require lots of getting used to. You should have no troublewith a 5 or 6 link. Get the Super Tone Master, though.

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    1. by OklahomanSax
      (18 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

      thanks, its not my first jazz piece, i have a berg 95/2 on tenor, and it seems just a bit to closed for me, but it gets the job done. I can take my time on finding a mouthpiece, I don't need it til second semester anyway. thanks agian

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      1. by Spike
        (248 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

        i'd have to say i'm impressed you can use the 95/2! that's a difficult peice to control, especially on tenor. I myself use a 90/1M, but then again, i'm in colllege for it. I belive Meyers were mentioned, and i'll agree with that suggestion. The meyer 6 is easy to control and produces a warm, round tone. Try an Olegature with it. good luck!

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        1. by golferguy675
          (600 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

          I like bergs. My rubber piece is a 95/1, but I haven't used it in a while, I've been playing Morgan pieces lately.

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        2. by OklahomanSax
          (18 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

          my berg 95/2 is pretty good, i play it w/a olegature and a vandoren zzjazz 3. it plays everything pretty good except the hi g and g#, but i think thats me or my horn, it happens w/my c* too. well I had to spend all my dang money on a soprano mouthpiece this week for my church.......they want me to play some stuff on it, I "borwed" the schools but it dosen't have one so i'm startin over w/the money.........

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        3. by golferguy675
          (600 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

          G and G#...altissimo or above the staff? G and G# tend to be a little troublesome on some tenors(I don't know if that's what you play or not), and if you're talking altissimo, those are the hardest altissimo notes to get. Not so mcuh G#, but G is by far the most difficult.

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        4. by tenor562
          (297 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

          yea, G and G# are a little tough on tenor sometimes, as with D. It's because when you put out the G, sometimes the octave key bounces up, and you get a squeakk, or sometimes end up with an altissimo. lately, I've been getting those on my d's and e's, but it's mainly the pads, they don't close correctly. (it s an old yamaha student horn.) You have to put the fingers on before the thumb, if that makes sense. maybe that helps...

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        5. by OklahomanSax
          (18 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

          I'm not sure what it is. when I come from certain notes it overtones to a hi d. above the staff not alitisimo. I'm only a freshmen in hs and i can't hit much altisimo, I could go to like an a I believe on my old bundy special, but i got a mkVII and can't get above the dad gum F#. I'll try the fingers before the thumb thing. thanks

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      2. by selmerfan
        (67 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

        If you go with the Otto Link, try the hard rubber instead of metal. I found the metal harder to control on alto than on tenor or bari, but the hard rubber in alto produces a focused, big sound, great for lead alto playing, and if you push it, it will just keep on cutting through. I play a 7* Link, another good option to look into is the Rousseau Studio Jazz series, not as edgy as the JDX and plenty of projection.

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      3. by Kitch22
        (98 posts)

        10 years ago

        Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

        Meyer is known for making alto mpcs. That's all I've ever played for jazz, is a Meyer (rubber) 6m, and it has yet to let me down or unimpress me. Haven't played that much on an Otto Link. They are good mpcs, but I think that Meyer is a step ahead of eveyrone else in alto mouthpieces.

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        1. by Goldref18
          (145 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

          Yeah i love my alto mpc. It's a vintage meyer i bought it for less than the price of my tenor lig and it's a size 4 that was opened up into a 5. Plays amazing on my Mark VII Alto. I also can use just a stock lig to get my desired sound which is nice because i hate shopping around for new ligs. However i prefer a modern link and Francois Louis lig on my tenor.

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          1. by golferguy675
            (600 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

            MkVII? Do constanly change what sax you play? Just the other day you were ripping on it, saying it wa subpar. Oooohhh...opened up to a 5 huh? Big blowin...especially for a tenor...heh ; )

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        2. by Goldref18
          (145 posts)

          10 years ago

          Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

          Vintage Meyer hard rubbers on alto are really really good. I would look for something and remember to always try out many many mpcs. Also you should try looking at some new ligs (I reccommend Francois-Louis)

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          1. by golferguy675
            (600 posts)

            10 years ago

            Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

            If a 95/2 is a little too closed, go with a 6* Otto Link. The * is like a half size. A 5 would sound to classical. Also, if you aren't getting enough air through a jazz piece, it may not be because of the chamber; you have to blow through them different. You need to focus your air at the very end of the straight part of the neck, and imagine it going straight forward. I'm not a big fan of Meyers, except that the new G series played pretty well when I tried it. I played a 7, the seemed a little to bright.

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            1. by OklahomanSax
              (18 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

              thanks for all the advice guys. I'll try some myers and some of links, and see what I like. hopefully it'll all be within what I can make mowing lawns................ thanks everyone

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            2. by golferguy675
              (600 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

              Shouldn't be to big of a problem, they're all under 100 bucks.

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            3. by Goldref18
              (145 posts)

              10 years ago

              Re: help with good alto jazz mouthpiece

              Yeah that's true. I got my vintage meyer for close to half that and i love the sound it makes. Also if you can find them the old SN'd Brilhart's are amazing mpcs even though they are plastic. I personally don't care for them but they are awesome nonetheless.

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