L (tenor only)
This is my traditional jazz mouthpiece. The bore and baffle are a copy of a 1950's metal Link that Pharoh Sanders gave me. It has evolved somewhat over the years, but is still as close as I get to the old Link sound.
J (tenor only)
This is an L modified to have almost no baffle, it is my darkest piece. I say darkest because it has the least amount of baffle, but I have heard from enough players who say the sound is so huge that they don't need a baffle. I think the freedom of not blowing against a baffle allows the sound to emerge without the bright edge a baffle makes.
This style has no baffle which allows for an unrestricted free blowing
piece. It has a natural saxophone sound and not that thin constricted oboe-like sound one often hears.
Like the soprano, there is a freedom in the throat that lets the sound speak more freely when there is no baffle. Even so, this design projects well.
I'm still developing this piece and it looks promising. The sound is unique and quite different from my other piecesa.
SB (alto, tenor and bari)
This piece has a short baffle, a cross between the small traditional baffle and the DD ... best of both worlds, works well for big band lead alto or funk and great in a club, too.
DD (alto, tenor and bari) A long and high baffle, it's as bright and loud as I make them, but still has a wide range of dynamics. Rock players favor this style. Works especially nice on bari in a big band, lots of bottom in the section.
Soprano - vary between .060"and .075"
Alto 6 and 7 are .080" and .090" respectively
Fmaj7 altos are .080", .085", .090" and .095" respectively
Tenor 6,7 and 8 are .100", .110" and .120" respectively
Baritone 7,8 and 9 are .110", .120" and .130"
I make mouthpieces from hard rubber, wood and acetal:
The hard rubber I use contains no added plastics as is common in many mouthpieces. In my opinion plastic creates a thin and nasal sound that's difficult to play in tune. Rubber creates a rich warm sound that resonates freely, even with the DD baffle. Other good qualities of rubber are that it plays well in tune and can be played in a variety of styles and moods.
Most pieces are available in African Blackwood, also known as Grenadilla. I only make them when ordered so please discuss it with me first. There is always the possibility the source of the wood may dissappear, but for now I have a great source of beautiful wood.
I am now making mouthpieces from acetal. This is a type of nylon that has a translucent milky white color and it has it's own unique sound. It's a hard, very tough material and is louder and stronger than rubber, just not as warm. Even though it is pure plastic, it has a lot of the warmth and playing characteristics of rubber. I think this is so because it is flexible and vibrates freely like rubber. It's not a brittle material at all and it's so tough you could drive a truck over it.