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by barisax999
(400 posts)
9 years ago

alto jazz mouthpieces

im primarily a bari player and recently i realized how much i need to start playing alto. i know metal mouthpieces well. however as everyone know, no metal on alto. so other than the meyer whats a good rubber jazz mouthpiece for alto?

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  1. by tenor562
    (297 posts)

    9 years ago

    Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

    Jody Jazz makes good hard rubber jazz pieces. Also Vandoren Java or Jumbo Java, or Super Session are good mouthpieces too.

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    1. by mojocoggo
      (97 posts)

      9 years ago

      Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

      I agree. The JodyJazz mouthpieces are excellent jazz pieces. I have one for baritone, with a spoiler, and this week or next, I am getting the JodyJazz Hard Rubber alto piece.

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      1. by Bleeding_Gums_Murphy
        (55 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

        Wow. It looks like there are a lot of fellow JodyJazz players on these forums. The HR* and Classic are great. Even though almost all metal mouthpieces sound horrible on alto, Jody's ESP series is AWESOME. But, I can't afford one, so back to my Link and my JJ Classic I go.

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        1. by spifster
          (67 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

          Yeah try the Otto Link TOne Edge. vEry flexible pitch, variety of sounds, though it can sometimes be picky about lig and reed combos. i plan on ordering a jodyjazz hr* soon also. Whats the real difference between the hr* and the classic?

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        2. by saxybandgeek_88
          (10 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

          I've never even heard of a the HR*. What is it?

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      2. by Paduano
        (16 posts)

        9 years ago

        Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

        A HR* is just a hard rubber mouthpiece. Anyways, there are many hard rubber jazz pieces that you can use. One is being a Rico Royal Graftonite. They are quite good. Surprisingly, it is probably the best mouthpiece out there for it's cheap price (duh). A few more include Vandoren's new line of mpcs, Claude LaKey and Berg Larsen.

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        1. by Peepin728
          (17 posts)

          9 years ago

          Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

          I play on a Bob Ackerman custom mouthpiece. He came to my school (William Paterson University) and i tried out about 30 different pieces. He has pretty much any size you want, and has many different brands. Just to name a few, he has Otto Links, Selmer Soloists, New York Meyers, and his own custom pieces. Check him out, he'll probably have a mouthpiece for you.

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          1. by altosax4ever
            (8 posts)

            9 years ago

            Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

            Has Anyone thought about the Vandoren ligature with the c* mouthpiece with the jazz plate? I've used it with a friend's Selmer series II and It's incredible. It plays great, and it's even got plates for other types of music,

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            1. by YanagisawA-901
              (312 posts)

              9 years ago

              Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

              the only problem with that is i feel the C* lack projection like you have no idea.. u may think "hey, it plays loud".. it may play loud.. but its incredibally dark and rounded.. it doesnt cut at all.. so you might be able to be heard.. but u wotn be HEARD! ya kno?? I personally work with a Selmer E Soloist.. which i think works a lot like a C* but with more projection and a lil more darkness ( which i could do without ).. so then i team it up with a stock lig and it give it a nice lil edgy buzz.. my sax teacher let me try one of his mouthpieces.. he plays on a meyer..with a Mark 6...... but he just got a Claude Lakey to play in big band.. and that thing is amazing.. it is loud as hell and super super super bright.. almost piercingly bright.. but team it up with a rovner dark lig and its absolutely amazing..

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            2. by connsaxman_jim
              (2336 posts)

              9 years ago

              Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

              The C* is the tip opening size. There are a variety of Selmer mouthpieces with a C* facing, but most of them are designed more for legit playing. For jazz, rock, funk, and blues, you're going to need something with a more open tip for better projection and volume, and better tone. Metal pieces are more popular for tenor than alto. Here are a few suggestions based on price. Under $50 Rico Royal Graftonite B5 or C5. Both have a fairly open facing. The C5 has a larger chamber and is better suited for jazz. These pieces sell for around $20. They're very good for the money. Under $100 Otto Link Tone Edge 6* hard rubber. This is one of the best mouthpieces I have ever used on alto. They sound fantastic! They're a great piece for a vintage sax like a Conn, King, or Buescher too, because they have a large open chamber. Meyer 5M. The Meyer is very similar to the Otto Link. They also have a fairly large chamber. They have a slightly different feel. There are many great hard rubber pieces for less than $100. These are my 2 favorites. I really haven't tried too many others. Over $100 The quality of the Jody Jazz pieces are very good. I use an ESP metal on tenor, and it has a very powerful sound. Of course, playing a 1948 Conn 10M has a lot to do with that too, but this piece really works well with the 10M. I want to try a Jody hard rubber piece on my alto soon. They're definately worth looking into. The Peter Ponzol mouthpieces are also very good quality Jim

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            3. by barisax999
              (400 posts)

              9 years ago

              Re: alto jazz mouthpieces

              i play on the jody jazz hr tm on my alto and that thing projects. i could play over my full piece jazz ensemble if i please. i dont obviously, but if you want projection thats rubber, go jody jazz

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