Specifically, how much specific control can a player get for creating tonal variation in their soprano sound? The flip side of that question is this: how much of the tone achieved by a player is dependent on his equipment … Read More
Hope you’re doing well. I received the mouthpiece and have been working with it for the past week-ish. By golly, I think we’ve got it! It feels really nice to play, super easy on intonation, no feeling of backing-up, and … Read More
Instead of randomly buying new mouthpieces, better to learn something about your soprano mouthpiece. I’m writing this because I see too many bloggers and forum posts about playing soprano saxophone that are just wrong, and that tell newer or less … Read More
Both mouthpieces ( Gottsu and Gary Sugal ) get alive again , very easy blowing ,thick and powerful , upper registers are not thin as before and lower registers are more easy to reach ,Very nice job , I can’t ask anymore ! … Read More
My rebalanced Dukoff mouthpiece arrived today, and it looks real great. The superior finish quality let my mechanical engineer’s heart jump in joy. Then I started to play, oh what a difference! Great sound, great response and the whole range … Read More
One of the things we notice about the way Kenny G plays soprano is the angle that he creates, with the mouthpiece coming out of mouth quite dramatically to one side. I don’t know about you, but my initial reaction … Read More
The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization is one of the most important books about the musical universe. It is also one of the most needlessly confusing books ever written. I’ve devoted a lot of time to finding my way … Read More
Grouping Soprano Sax designs by Style Soprano saxes come in all flavors and it’s a good idea to have a feeling for each. It helps to be able to put the styles on some kind of scale or continuum. The … Read More
This is a great time to be buying a soprano saxophone. There are so many good ones and it is a buyer’s market. So, take a few minutes to get the knowledge you need when buying a soprano saxophone. … Read More
I LOVE this mouthpiece! You were spot on regarding recommending it to me. The sound is big, dark and has excellent presence! I love your Open Sky 2, but I immediately noticed the difference between them and, for me, … Read More
Got it today! It plays beautifully…It’s EXACTLY what I was looking for. Big and resonant with a lot of flexibility to the sound, with ultra fast response. Thanks, Joe!
Much too little attention is paid to the topic of “how” the air can be delivered when playing soprano saxophone. It is not easy to discuss but it is very easy to experience for yourself. Then , you can draw … Read More
I Wanted to drop you a quick note. Your mouthpiece is a gem, a work of art really. I will say simply that your description of this piece on your website could not be more perfect. That is exactly what … Read More
I thought that you might like a bit more unsolicited feedback on the Open Sky 2 that you made for me. I have been preparing for the orchestral and string quartet gigs with many long notes and tuning exercises. I … Read More
I am delighted with the Missing Link, all intonation problems have been resolved, the sound is very different from my link 5 star, can describe it as warmer, fuller sound.
(The Missing Link) came in today…been playin all day! Love the sound…tryin to find the tuning still with my trutone…but i like it a lot! Thanks Joe!
There’s a lot to know about large chamber soprano pieces. So, here’s a picture of 5 vintage large chamber soprano mouthpieces side by side. This picture alone should tell you something right away. Each of these pieces are very … Read More
Joe , the Sugal (Super Dave Liebman) mouthpiece came back today. I gave it a work out and to my amazement it played in tune an with ease. Thanks for your quick turnaround it’s a pleasure to make music again.
A lot of mouthpiece problems originate here- on the table. Sometimes it is easy to spot, as with this high-end soprano mouthpiece from one of the well-known makers. Look at the picture. What do you see? Well, you see the … Read More
Just a line or 2 to let you know my initial thoughts on the metropolitan, My first thought was how much easier it was for me to play through all registers, particularly the bottom end, which I always had a struggle with, the next thing was a … Read More