SELMER is a popular classical mouthpiece with a beautiful
round tone. Every instrument suddenly sounds more
pure. Especially students & brass band ensembles
use them. Next to the well known S80-series we
have the S90-series with a slightly smaller chamber.
Rock- and jazz players usually find a Selmer to
View the SELMER range: Soprano |
VANDOREN is the other classical mouthpiece, even though
this company also offers mouthpieces for big band
and jazz players. The mouthpieces for the clarinet
are the most famous. Specially the new models
(2-Tones) are highly appreciated by clarinet players.
The only metal mouthpiece is the V16 for a tenor
sax. A typical jazz mouthpiece
View the VANDOREN range: Soprano | Alto |
MEYER is used by many big band members and not too aggressive
jazz solo players. This mouthpiece combines well
with other musical instruments. The ebonite-series
has three different chamber- and face- designs,
which gives many variation possibilities. Meyer
also has a less known metal line.
View the MEYER range: Soprano
| Alto | Tenor | Baritone
ROUSSEAU is specially known for its JDX-jazz series. The
attack is easy and just a bit sharper then a Meyer.
Next to this series Rousseau has a large line
of ebonite mouthpieces (classical, neoclassical
& studio-jazz) and metal jazz mouthpieces.
View the ROUSSEAU range: Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Baritone
BARI is well known for its ebonite soprano mouthpiece.
They have just released a new metal model: The
View the Bari range: Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Baritone
LAKEY is the sharpest ebonite mouthpiece of them all.
For most players it is just "a roaring piece of
iron", but this mouthpiece offers many possibilities
for the person who can handle it.
View the LAKEY range: Soprano | Alto | Tenor
LINK is actually the same factory
as Meyer. Link is specially known for its gold
colored metal series. It is a beautiful thick
mouthpiece with good sound properties. Specially
the tenor mouthpiece is used a lot in both jazz
and pop. A disadvantage is that the supplied ligature
is not very solid. The ebonite Otto Link is very
suited for old jazz.
View the OTTO LINK range: Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Baritone
LARSEN. The steel mouthpiece of
this brand was very popular after the war. Nowadays
the ebonite series (big band) and the bronz series
(big band, clear tone) are highly appreciated.
The factory is based in London and is co-owned
by Babbitt, the owner of Meyer & Link. Berg
Larsen offers four different chambers. 0 (small)
to 3 (big)
View the BERG LARSON range: Soprano | Alto | Tenor | Baritone
PONZOL. Although mouthpieces of Otto Link and Meyer were
made on a small scale hand crafted basis, it became
after their death, manufactured goods. This gave
rise to a market for more precise, hand finished
mouthpieces. Peter Ponzol came with a well balanced
design. The silver-brass line is the best known
and available in two series: the normal chamber
(bebop, rock-oriented) and the super chamber with
a baffle (funk, fusion). Nowadays the Ponzol mouthpieces
are factory made.
View the PENZOL range: Soprano | Alto | Tenor
LAWTON. This Englishman ventured
on to the professional market with a beautiful
designed, finished by hand, mouthpiece. Lawton
offers three different chambers varying in clearness
and available in ebonite, steel and bronze. Especially
the bronze mouthpiece is, in spite of its price,
DUKOFF makes casted mouthpieces
that are well known for their loud sound. They
are available in four different chambers. The
mouthpieces are badly finished, but the person
who is not particular and is looking for a roaring
piece of iron will certainly succeed with a Dukoff.
View the DUKOFF range: Soprano | Alto | Tenor
GUARDALA. No longer available!!!!
BRANCHER is new on the mouthpiece market. This French firm
offers high-tech designed and produced metal mouthpieces
for jazz and pop. There are three lines. B, J
and E, varying from fusion to allround jazz. Definitely
ROVNER has a large cut out opening, named "DEEP-V". The
advantage of this metal mouthpiece is more vibration
space for the reed.
View the ROVNER range: All types
ZADIAK is a Dutch crystal mouthpiece with tip openings
ranging from 3 (medium) to 5 (open). It is sold
a lot in the clarinet and soprano world.
MODELS. Not only did they make beautiful saxophones in
America, they also made beautiful mouthpieces.
Famous are the ones of Otto Link and the ebonite
(sometimes white colored) of Brillhart. These
mouthpieces are of the same class as the Guardalas
and the Lawtons of this time. Still one has to
be very careful. These old mouthpieces are frequently
damaged and in the past the mouthpieces had rather
small tip openings. That is why they have been
often tampered with and as such, a mouthpiece
could become worthless.