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by mexipike
(4 posts)
8 years ago

francois louis mouthpiece

Does anyone know if it's possible to buy a Francois Louis wooden mouthpiece anywhere online, or do you have to be Joe Lovano and have a million dollars. just wondering?

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  1. by SaxophonistInProgress
    (2 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: francois louis mouthpiece

    Nowadays Francois just listens to a player's ten record.

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  2. by SaxophonistInProgress
    (2 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: francois louis mouthpiece

    Nowadays Francois just listens to a player's ten records, then designs one for you. It will always be a spherical mouthpiece though. And it might look a little weird, but they are the best mouthpieces in the world. 600$ for a silver mouthpiece, 800$ for a wooden mouthpiece. I don't no about the ebony- or any other material- mouthpieces. Oh, and check his ligatures and saxophones out. They are fantastic (in my opinion).

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  3. by Bollen
    (39 posts)

    8 years ago

    Re: francois louis mouthpiece

    Yeah! I believe so! I got as far as getting mr louis fax number. Never replied, after 3 attemps. He requires your presence for at least 2 days at his place, is custom you know, and the pieces go for around 350 euros, I think wood is more expensive. Perhaps you'd be interested in an alternative? Let me know

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    1. by claudiopallaro
      (1 post)

      6 years ago

      Re: francois louis mouthpiece

      Hello, I just saw that you bought a zinner mouthpiece in wood. How do they sound like ? Is it difficult to take of them ? What's their prices ? Thank you for your answer and take care. Claudio Pallaro

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    2. by mexipike
      (4 posts)

      8 years ago

      Re: francois louis mouthpiece

      what kind of alternatives are you talking about, i'm really interested in something similiar to a link but of wood.

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      1. by Bollen
        (39 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: francois louis mouthpiece

        Well, the piece I've been using for a few years is not exactly like a Link but not far from it, before I used to play a vintage link (silver ones), and it came as a result from trying to get a Louis. They're called Zinner, thay have a great reputation in the states for their blanks and a quite good one for their normal pieces in Europe. You can find them at <a href="www.hans-zinner.de/Produkte/Hans_Zinner_English/Products/Jazz_Mouthpieces/jazz_mouthpieces.html"" target="other">www.hans-zinner.de/Produkte/Hans_Zinner_English/Products/Jazz_Mouthpieces/jazz_mouthpieces.html" target="other">www.hans-zinner.de/Produkte/Hans_Zinner_English/Products/Jazz_Mouthpieces/jazz_mouthpieces.html</a> They are a bit bigger than your average mpc, which opens up your cavity, and they require a lot of attention, wood does not behave like metal or ebonite so you need to break them in for a few months. The best thing about them is the price. Let me know if you need more info about them.

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        1. by mexipike
          (4 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: francois louis mouthpiece

          thanks for the help, checked out the site, not much info. How much do they go for? Do they have to be ordered from the site or are there other distributors? THanks

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        2. by Bollen
          (39 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: francois louis mouthpiece

          Well, they go for about 135 euros. I'm afraid they have to be order from hans zinner himself and there is no guarantee for wooden pieces, that's everywhere, but his a friendly chap willing to give you all types of advice. If you do decide to acquire one, let me know, I'll give you some tips that can save you money; my first wooden mpc warped after 4 or 5 months so they need lots of special attention.

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      2. by Roccosm
        (113 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: francois louis mouthpiece

        Friend Woodwindbrasswind has them on sale now for 45.00 check it out Rocco

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      3. by Roccosm
        (113 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: francois louis mouthpiece

        Sorry I read Your post wrong, they have the Ligature on sale not the MP, sorry

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      4. by Mactenor
        (102 posts)

        8 years ago

        Re: francois louis mouthpiece

        Maybe you should consider the Lebayle wooden mouthpiece. I have one and it is a quality piece, to be sure. You can get it at Junkdude for around $200 U.S. Best Regards Mactenor

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        1. by Bollen
          (39 posts)

          8 years ago

          Re: francois louis mouthpiece

          Hey mctenor; can you tell me a bit more about the lebayle? What opening do you use and what kind of chamber? I heard they have two; jazz and studio. Could you describe the sound a bit, maybe compare it to another piece. Many thanks!

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