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by neonlee
(4 posts)
4 days ago

New Budget Mouthpiece

HI, I've been using Yamaha 4C mouthpieces for years, so I decided to change the mouthpiece. I am on a really tight budget. Whats the best budget mouthpiece? Thanks

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  1. by mijderf
    (44 posts)

    4 days ago

    Re: New Budget Mouthpiece

    What comes to mind are 3 pieces:
    Rico Graftonite
    Clark Fobes Debut
    Macsax Aura

    Note that the Macsax Aura is a rapid 3D prototype mouthpiece that is hand finished to final specs.  It may be the lowest priced hand finished mouthpiece on the market.

    Good luck with your search! 

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    1. by neonlee
      (4 posts)

      3 days ago

      Re: New Budget Mouthpiece

      Hi, thanks for the input man. Can you tell me more on the Rico Graftonite, their playing characteristics & etc. ? TQ

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      1. by mijderf
        (44 posts)

        3 days ago

        Re: New Budget Mouthpiece

        Playing characteristics depend on many variables, so I hesitate to comment directly.  I also do not know what type sax (sop, alto, tenor, bari, etc) you are playing.  So I would recommend going to a blog site like Cafe Saxophone or Sax on the Web and search these sites for the mouthpiece you are interested in, and study the comments that are related specifically to the type of horn you play.

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        1. by neonlee
          (4 posts)

          2 days ago

          Re: New Budget Mouthpiece

          Opps sorry I left out that info. I'm currently playing an Yamaha YAS 62 mk3 alto sax with a Woodstone reed(2 1/2). I read online that the Rico Graftonite mpc comes in 3 tone chambers, A/B/C/ ? What are the differences between them?

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        2. by mijderf
          (44 posts)

          2 days ago

          Re: New Budget Mouthpiece

          Here is a link to a chart for the Graftonite mouthpieces.  A chamber is largest, C is smallest.  Chamber size will affect the tone.  A will be darkest, C will be brightest, B is intermediate.
          http://www.doctorsax.biz/musical%20instruments/mouthpieces/graftonite.htm

          Note all of the Graftonite tip openings are larger than the opening on your 4C.  This may mean that you should move to a softer read, but you will have to determine that yourself. 

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        3. by neonlee
          (4 posts)

          16 hours ago

          Re: New Budget Mouthpiece

          Thanks. Just got the Rico Graftonite B5. 

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