Your Missing Link mouthpiece is a thing of beauty. The tone is warm and dark. The ML makes my soprano sing. Thanks for the extra attention and for opening up the ML a bit.
Just received your impressive mouthpiece! I love the way it’s free blowing because you can focus on music and not especially on the mouthpiece. I also like the Marca Supérieure very much and will buy some (2.5) in the next days. I just wanted to thank you a lot for your work and also for your emails.
The workmanship is the best I’ve seen and I’ve had a lot of mouthpieces pass through my hands over the years. Thanks for all your help.
Wow, very very nice piece! Very easy to play, all notes speak easily including the lowest, tunes perfectly top to bottom, and with the Yanagisawa 902 horn it has the wonderful dark and elegant classical sound I was hoping to get. Easy to get a nice controlled vibrato when needed, easy to get a bell-clear steady in-tune tone when not needed. I am now sure that the problem with the Selmer and the Rousseau MP’s playing way sharp were not due to my clarinet chops. I love it.
Thank you, Joe. I cannot tell you enough that I am happy and thankful to you, Joe.
I received the “Missing Link” soprano mouthpiece a few days ago and I would like to say “THANK YOU” for your great work! I played it these days, the tone is great, I love it.
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 I received. Very free blowing, unbelievably responsive, rich. I can say without doubt that this piece will open a world of musical possibilities for me. With sincere appreciation and best regards,
The Open Sky is arrived!!! I’ve just tried it and it’s a fantastic mouthpiece: the sound is amazing. Thank you and congratulations for your art.
The piece now has that great sound it had when I first got it, but with a bigger/fatter quality, intonation is excellent, and I can use softer reeds effectively, good work, Joe.
I just wanted to let you know that I’ve had a good amount of time to play the piece, at home and in public, and I think it’s fantastic. You did an amazing job! Thanks so much!
Hi Joe, Well…. I’m speechless. The mouthpiece really sings and it has the sound I like, the articulation remains excellent even with the changes you made on the lay and the baffle. The piece does everything I want, so this is a real tool for a musician. It is very sensitive to reed and ligature (in a good way), so the variations on sound are endless, but it always keeps the easy response from top to bottom. I like your approach, we are part of the realization and you give what you promise.
Just wanted to let you know that that buescher piece you made for me is now my MAIN soprano piece, which I did NOT expect to happen, given I was so happy with my previous piece. Actually, it’s made me enjoy playing the soprano so much more, especially my straight true tone. For a mouthpiece of such seemingly extreme design, it is so forgiving with reeds, intonation, etc… Thanks so much again,
Received my Axieme mp and immediately it was fantastic with the Marca Superieure reeds. Reading all the reviews i felt like it couldn’t be true. The reviews were like heaven. Now as I continue to play they are all true. Better intonation much, much better sound (even out of a bottom line soprano). Ease of playing is phenomenal. My wife absolutely loves the sound. The music minister at church could not understand what had happened. My thought is if you are reading these reviews they are real. Joe has a gift that no one has that I have found. We all hope he has an understudy or never passes. Thanks Joe you are very talented.
Thanks, Joe. Metropolitain arrived today—resonant and deep.
I absolutely, absolutely love the piece. I received it today, and tried it with the Alexander Superial 2.5s like you said. This is a setup that I see myself growing into for a long time indeed. Once again, thank you for your help and wonderful workmanship.
I received the mouthpiece and have had a few days to play it. Thank you so much! It is a really amazing and beautiful piece, with just the right amount of resistance. I can push plenty of air through it without sacrificing tone and playing at any dynamic seems very simple now. The sound is right on too! Everything is more round, full and colorful. I can already hear the sound that has been in my head emerging ! It is working with me, rather than fighting me (unlike my Super Session!), enhancing my experience on soprano sax and making me want to play even more, which is a wonderful thing! I can’t thank you enough for the amazing mouthpiece and for all of the email correspondence! I will be recommending you to every soprano player I know!
The mouthpiece has arrived a few days ago. It seems to be exactly what I needed. And such a huge potential! Stretches the limits of the possible, prompts experiment, stimulates the ear, etc, etc. Bravo maestro!
Thank you for a truly wonderful soprano mouthpiece! The Open Sky 2 is rich, lush with fat-overtones and a steady evenness of back-pressure in the throat right throughout the soprano’s range, quite remarkable (intonation is exceptional). Had recently performed 2 outdoor gigs, no microphone, open air, this piece performed like nothing I have ever played. I can guide the sound to how my ears hear, warm, sensual, fiery or sweet. It’s that great, I just want to keep playing my soprano, love it. Thank you again,
After 3 days with the Open Sky piece I can say I am extremely happy with it. It really opened up the sound on all registers. It really takes all the air I can give it. Like you said, I’m really blowing into it now rather than slipping the air in. Really huge, rich sound, and very responsive. I didn’t really think my Selmer gave me trouble in the low register (wasn’t in my original set of concerns), but this gives me a lot more sound there too, not to mention the highs, which were my original critical concern. And finally, I can play on it much longer without having my lower lip go numb. And it has been getting better as I get more used to it, so I’m sure I can still get more out of it in the coming weeks no doubt. Many thanks, I will be sure to recommend, and will probably send you my Selmer to rebalance.
I’ve spent a few days with the Missing Link now, and it does exactly what you said it would. It’s quite easy to play over the entire range, and tuning is far, far easier. And, as you predicted, it works perfectly with Hemke 2 1/2 reeds. Thanks for making me such a great mouthpiece ,Joe!
Joe, the mouthpiece plays great, effortless and with a warm tone! A solid piece to work with,and to build a sound! Thank you very much!
Greetings! Received your piece today and in a word, it’s FANTASTIC!! With this piece you hit the ball out of the park!! HURRAH!! It totally meets my expectations offering focus and brilliance, with rich and resonant tones. It has taken the Riffault and Selmer Soloist concept to a new level and produces for me the Soprano Saxophone voice I’ve always envisioned having. Thank you Joe!! Best regards…and I love the ligature too!
Having just spent the weekend on Sopranoplanet——I will do my best to describe the experience. The Missing Link makes my ’71 mark vi sound utterly gorgeous! Every note on the horn is fully capable of sounding beautiful! The sub-tone is incredible and I can play softly over the entire range. When I push it up high I get a torrent of tone that is shocking in its intensity. The palm key notes seem to lock in on their own and resist the tendency to go sharp and out of control. The even timbre and ease of play are outstanding. I am forever thankful and a proud citizen of Sopranoplanet!
Thanks so much for the wonderful mouthpiece. It looks and sounds fantastic. I love the sound; the tone is the best I’ve heard or played, I should say. You are a true artist. Thank you.
The intonation is perfect, homogeneity through the range of the instrument is astonishing. Tone quality is extraordinary, and I think I can get much more practising ! In a word, a true invitation to play. I think my serie III has never sounded so good.
I played my soprano on and off all weekend….couldn’t get enough of it. The mouthpiece is great! I can’t think of anything I would want changed, including the beak. Intonation throughout the range is really good, based on my ear and the tuner I used. Low B flat eases out, pp or ff, without extra effort. Add to this, the fact that I am using the first Hemke 2 ½ reed that I took out of the box. (The 3 I tried was almost as good.) As for tone, you got it right on the button! I am really enjoying working through the sound I am now producing and making it grow even better. Thank you so much for making the above possible!
I am loving the Meyer more and more each day. At first it seemed quite mellow (but very full-sounding off the bat), and as I’m getting the hang of it I’m starting to see that “bite” you’re talking about. Love it! I think the tip opening is at a good level for me. The smaller tip makes it significantly easier to hit the top of the range of the horn, and resistance-wise I still feel most comfortable in the 2.5-3 reed strength range I’ve always been in (so far the winning combination is with Alexander Superial 3 or DC 2.5, and a FL Ultimate lig). Thanks!
The mouthpiece has come! It has a great sound! Powerfully and simply fantastically!You have made quite a great work there! Many thanks! I am very proud of the mouthpiece!
I got the Rousseau today, and couldn’t be more pleased! Plays great, more easily than my old one, but with the same basic tone and response. Most importantly, of course, is that it actually plays in tune. Even on the curved neck, I actually can relax and play, without even pushing all the way in. Fantastic work, I’ll definitely recommend you in the future. I have to say you seem to understand mouthpieces more than some of the other refacers/makers I’ve worked with. I was skeptical that changing the facing length would change the intonation, based on my own limited understanding, as well as others I’ve spoken with. But obviously it worked wonderfully. It is really too bad you don’t deal with tenor mouthpieces, I’m still on the hunt… Thanks again,
Had a long workout with my Open Sky 2 mouthpiece. My Cannonball Global Series Bi Bell sounds better than ever, and blowing has never been easier, more accurate, in tune and responsive. I have much to learn with it, but I know I will be playing a lot more soprano as a result!I have made really good investment. The review in DOWNBEAT got my interest, and I think it is right about your new addition. Thanks for your quick and professional response.
The Missing Link has arrived, and it’s killin’! I love all aspects of it. Picked it up at the post office this morning, and finally headed to the shed to play test it after a couple of studio sessions on tenor, alto and baritone during daytime. Wow! Right away I understood what all the fuss is about! I use Roberto’s Reeds 3 1/2 H, and I get a great core sound, rich and interesting. There’s plenty of fatness and warmth without any dullness. Plenty of projection, and the ideal resistance is my favorite part – it really allows me to shape the sound, and also helps stabilize intonation. Couldn’t be happier with my new setup!
Joe I played my mouthpiece again yesterday and I love it! Surely it plays as I hope to be,first very dark,and also with great response! Thank you, my friend. You did a fantastic job !
Thank you, Joe! What a joy! I did not expected so quick. Then what a pleasure! and I’m only at the beginning… I could finally have a hint of these beautiful low notes that I had in my head.
In fact all the range sounds open. You named this MP all right, Open Sky…Also my small lungs are enough now and it was some of my problem. (My husband) could hear the result from outside the house and thought I was playing a tenor. Even the dog appreciates the change!!! I would like to share my experience specially with all beginners who dare not try or who do not believe that it makes such a difference when you can concentrate on practicing instead of spending your life and money searching and struggling. Thank you, Joe for your inspired work. Now …. I have the MP of my life! Best regards and again, so many thanks, Josie.
OS2 just arrived. Thank you so much! At first blow, it gives me exactly what I asked for: a woody, tarogato-like tone with sweet low notes and assertive palm key notes, & enough resistance so I can shape the sound. And good golly Miss Molly, what dynamic range — from a whisper to a paint-peeling roar. Amazing volume. This mouthpiece wants to come out and play! Looking forward to bonding with my horn again. You really are as good as they say.
Today I got the MISSING LINK from German customs. I am impressed. It sounds great and it is particularly responsive over the whole range. Thank you very much for this great work!
Thank you very very much for this great, little mouthpiece. This will help me a lot with my re-start on the soprano sax. The Borgani sounds wonderful with your mpc and the intonation is so easy to control. I don’t want to stop playing….
Just a quick note that I got the mouthpiece today, and you didn’t exaggerate. It’s an incredible piece. I’ve tried quite a few other mouthpieces, and to be honest nothing has come close. Thank you so much. I’ve already played for as long as my lip could hold out and I’m just resting up to give it another go.Thanks again.
I am just so pleased with how the three pieces you have done for me are working. Just amazing. From now on, when I use the expression “OMG” I will be referring to you!
NOTE: The mouthpiece that this player is speaking about is my own vintage Otto Link Tone Edge, which I called my Lacy Link, as it was the same model as Steve’s and I created a virtual duplicate of Steve’s legendary piece, which I knew quite well.
It’s a piece of magic, really. Earlier, I spent time running through exercises and trying reeds. I know I can be cheesy with you, so I’ll just say it: it’s beyond reed friendly into reed empathetic. It really picked up on the specific characteristics of each reed I threw onto it. The Marca’s have the right timbral quality I’ve had in mind, but unfortunately I’ve only got 2 1/2s around. I sanded a couple down and they just sang. I’ll see how things go, but my chops are kinda tired. Probably need to order 2s and 1 1/2s just to test the possibilities.
I’ve never experienced so much color with any mouthpiece, on any horn, ever. Ever. I mentioned a while ago that I wanted a rainbow shooting out of the end of this S800, and this piece does that plus more. Intonation was locked dead center when I played with the 1 1/2s and 2s I’ve got at home.
I’m shocked at how much projection the piece has. I really didn’t expect it to project this much or be as loud as it is. Given the piece it was modeled after, and your relationship with him, how loud could Lacy get when he played? This piece just fills up space as much as my tenors do when paired with my vintage Links. I’m probably most shocked by the massive dynamics I can get. Whispers to shouts, all without any struggle. It just begs to be played across the whole dynamical spectrum.
Those were my initial impressions, to which I can now add:
I just put it away after running through the set I’ve been doing for the last few weeks. Man, it really is a player. Like I’ve got a teammate blowing the horn with me. Maybe more than a simple piece of equipment? I’ve never really experienced anything like it. Even physically, I can see why you’ve mentioned you haven’t seen any Links like it in a while. It is radically different than the thing I sent you, and I can see that I really was thinking about apples when I wanted a diamond when I inquired about a rebalance.
Again, thank you! I will give this piece a great home.
Last week I spent an remarkable two hours with Joe as he customized his new Alma large chamber soprano mouthpiece for my soprano. His patience in dealing with my exacting needs was only matched by his amazing skill and artistry in making dozens of adjustments to make it just right. It was stunning to see how much of a difference the most minute change could make in tone, response and pitch. To watch him work on the mouthpiece was a wonder; as the most congenial and hospitable host imaginable, his adjustments were based (after hearing me play) on measurements, feeling (with fingers over the rails and chamber) and experienced intuition. The mouthpiece was being transformed in front of my eyes and ears. First the response, then a little high register tuning, then a greater dynamic range, and finally to sustain the beautiful dark sound (“buttery” as he called it) throughout all registers, including altissimo. The education was alone worth it, and I also ended up with a great classical mouthpiece for my chamber and solo soprano playing!
Played on it last night. You completely fixed the problem of playing in tune, and the ease of playing in the upper register, especially at high D and up, is quite amazing. What I am really having to adjust at this point is all the adaptive embouchure that I am so used to doing for both the low and high end on the soprano to keep things in tune. It is no longer necessary, but is almost done subconsciously/automatically while I am approaching notes at the bottom and top. Fantastic piece. I’m looking forward to playing it live. Without having to put mental energy/effort into keeping the thing in tune or getting decent notes at the very top, I’m excited about putting that energy/effort into creativity and expression.
Many thanks for the great mouthpiece. It was immediately very comfortable for me, and works beautifully on my saxello. The low register speaks effortlessly and feels totally connected. I love it! I think the Open Sky 2 is a bit more powerful and has a sweeter/rounder tone that is more consistent from top to bottom than my (deleted). I was surprised at how well the included ligature works. I own a similar Brancher ligature which has a longer contact plate. Yours fits and sounds better.The OS2 is a fantastic piece of equipment; exactly what I was hoping for.
You are THE MAN for all things soprano!
Apologies for taking so long to send this note, but I need to tell you that the Missing Link you made for me is fantastic. I liked it right away. The tone is flexible, allowing me to nuance the brightness and edge. The intonation is right on the money–pitches go right where I expect them to. The resistance is just right so I can subtone or make big leaps or play multiphonics with a high degree of confidence. All of that was apparent immediately within the first few notes of play testing. After using it in performance, and rehearsal, and general shedding I feel like it is much more of a revelation. I don’t have to spend any energy on compensating for the mouthpiece; it just works that way it should. I could not be more delighted with the freedom it has brought me. I feel like I’ve got so much more bandwidth available for the music now. I can only describe it as “balance”; the Missing Link lets me engage the music from a position of balance. It truly is the mouthpiece I’ve been looking for my whole life. Thank you!
The mouthpiece came in on the 17th. Response seems great, intonation is great, and the flexibility is quite enjoyable. My tone is very good, and sounds great throughout the range of the horn. I look forward to putting it through its paces and exploring what’s available. Thanks for your work, sir. It’s been an amazing transaction,
Bravo and fantastic!!! Before I use the Missing Link with the reed, I used it with a used Rico Plasticover 3. It’s already so great. Then after I changed to Marca, it’s even better. . Normally, it’d be quite difficult for me play high note with low volume at one shot. But I can just easily do that for the whole range of my horn from high F# to low Bb without any difficulty. I felt soooo great.Thank you so much for producing such great mouthpiece!! ”
Dear Joe, the mouthpiece arrived last Friday afternoon. I’ve been playing it nonstop and It’s fantastic. You met all my requests in terms of the sound I was looking for. It was a pleasure to deal with you Joe.
got the mouthpiece this weekend. Blows great, everything I was hoping for. Much fuller than my Bari, more open than my Link. Thanks again.
I brought my soprano with me on my trip so I could try the mouthpiece. You did an amazing job. This is definitely the best soprano mouthpiece I have ever played. I just played it with some recordings now and it plays perfectly in tune and every note on the horn pops out easily. You balanced it so well, that I can now get much more volume of sound out of this mouthpiece and I can shape the sound how I like on every note. I can finally play the soprano with the same confidence as I play the tenor and alto. I will definitely enjoy playing more soprano on gigs now. Thank you so much for your amazing skill.
Wow. I can’t believe I was playing on those other pieces. I loved it immediately and it just keeps getting better. My only regret is that you don’t make pieces for the other horns! You were right about the high/low registers….it really opens them up. Very consistent throughout the horn, and allows a great deal of control of tone and character. It plays pretty or nasty….this is great. Many, many thanks. Have a great new year!
The soprano piece is seriously awesome!
The mouthpiece is wonderful! I can see and experience the harmony that the piece exudes from your craftsmanship. It’s an important piece of jewelry for my horn I had a chance to play on it for about an hour last night against a pitch meter as well. Every note is right in the center. I’ve never seen that before. It is very free blowing from top to bottom. The mouthpiece is alive with vibrations and harmonics which extend into the horn. The piece is responsive and articulate. The tip opening is perfect for my chops and the piece Balances perfectly with all your elements and my super action 80. It is everything a Dukoff should be. This Dukoff is a piece that I will be able to grow into and enjoy. Thank you for working with me and putting all of your skill and patience in time into a wonderful work for me. Sentimentally speaking from a true soprano sax player, you are now part of my heartfelt expression through my horn. Thank you Joe.
I just returned from my first sax lesson since receiving the Missing Link. I have had the mouthpiece for one day prior to the lesson. My teacher, who is a real tone freak, kept alternating between two comments:1. Wow, what a great tone you are getting.2. I can’t believe how in tune that horn is playing. He made both of these comments at least 4 times during the lesson. He also said that there was no traditional “nasal” sound in the horn. Also, I began breaking in the #3 Marca reeds, playing each for 3 – 5 minutes and seeing which ones are acceptable. Normally I get 4 out of 10 and then a couple more that I can work. So far I have tried 8 Marca reeds and found them all acceptable. This has to be the mouthpiece. Or at least a combo of the reeds and the mouthpiece. I am very impressed. So, thanks again.
Once I figured out my setup, MAN did things fall into place. I have to tell you Joe, I LOVE this mouthpiece. It feels very different to me, yet it does not get in the way of my playing. On alto saxophone, I hear this warm, clear, and vibrant tone coming from the horn. Having played it the longest, I tend to hear music through an “alto voice” and generally try to achieve similar sonic qualities across all horns that I play. My Missing Link, however, gives me something tastefully different than expected. Paired with my 875 EX, I get this warm and thick sound filling the horn that I’m continually excited to explore. The response is immediate and organic, which has been wonderful to experience. It’s also an incredibly flexible mouthpiece for me. I’ve used my Missing Link to play in a saxophone quartet, jazz combos, church band, Symphonic Wind Band, Big Band, and even in a modern duet with alto saxophone and fixed media! The piece has acquitted itself incredibly well in all situations for my needs. I just don’t feel the need to use any other mouthpiece, no matter what the situation. However, quite possibly the best aspect about my Missing Link is that I am NEVER thinking about it when I play. It just feels like a natural extension of my body through to the horn. It gets out of the way, and simply lets me play! As I’ve said before, I can’t thank you enough for putting your time and energy into making a mouthpiece that is both well-crafted and suits my preferences as a player. I can tell you for a fact that I will be working and growing with my Missing Link for a long time!
I just wanted to let you know that I received the mouthpiece and it is incredible. It makes the soprano feel like a tenor! I have really never played a soprano mouthpiece like this before, you have a special talent!
Well, I’ve just spent 40 of the most instructive minutes of my life playing your wonderful mouthpiece. Thank you for taking the time to elevate soprano mouthpiece making to an art form.
I’m a middle school band director, and a clarinet player. I recently got into playing with a traditional jazz band, and started playing a little soprano sax. I was using a Selmer Super Session E and was pretty happy with it, but decided to send it off to Sopranoplanet & see what improvements could be made on it. Joe was very helpful & kept in communication with me through the whole process. I liked the sound I was getting before, & LOVE the sound I’m getting now. It was very well worth it! Thanks Joe for everything!
It took me a little longer than anticipated to adjust to the piece, but then the transmission dropped into gear and it’s been oh so smooth to drive ever since. The more I play it, the more I love it–which will make the much needed time in the woodshed that much more enjoyable. I just started noodling around with it yesterday, and “poof”, three hours disappeared from my day. I’m going to have a great time getting to know this mouthpiece. It is indeed a singer, round and lyrical as promised. Thanks for your work.
I got the mouthpiece yesterday, and had a chance to give it a good run this afternoon. It is amazing, thanks! The tone is fat and complex, lots of volume, very easy blowing. I had a great time with a 3S Rico reed as well. I still have to break it on the higher register, it will come easier with the time. I felt it flexible enough to get a very personal tone. Well, I’m amazed. Thanks!
Just got the Link you refaced for me, blew a few notes on my silver conn and – WOW!! Great response, no stuffiness and the high range of the horn, palm keys and altissimo, have come alive – not an easy task with the openness of the Conn. Thank you so very much and I certainly won’t look anyplace else in the future for my soprano mouthpiece needs
Thanks a million for these mouthpieces – they are everything I expected!
The pieces arrived here safely already a while ago.I enjoy them both a lot! very easy blowing over the whole register. thank you very much for this excellent work! I did wait quite a while to get more familiar with the OPEN SKY before i wrote you any opinion:its responsiveness has impressed me a lot. Very versatile. definitely best piece I ever had.
Joe, got the mouthpiece today. One word sums it up. WOW! Bright but sweet, powerful but can easily subtone, intonation is great, same clarity on low Bb up to the altissimo, it is wonderful to play, a big thank you! Once again, a huge thank you!
Mouthpiece arrived today …. WOW!!!! Beautiful ….. easy to play, flexible, and the sound is just what I was hoping for. The Marca reeds are great as well. Thanks for your amazing work….
Finally the mouthpiece has arrived and it became a true Christmas present. You did an exciting job, especially on the Yamaha horn it plays smoothly, sounds great, plays effortlessly in tune and reveals beautiful colours. Thank you so much for this marvelous work, you have done. I wish you great Christmas holidays and I’ll recommend your work to all my fellow soprano players.
I received the piece and am loving it! The difference is astounding! Great stuff. Thanks for making it for me!
The piece arrived today, I tried it this evening, Yesssss !!
So !… I received the Missing Link 2 days ago.I didn’t really know what to expect, especially during a 1 month wait. I tried to keep an open mind, and thought that I would consider myself happy if I received a good, powerful and easy to play mouthpiece. Now that I’ve been playing it for a few hours, all I have to say is wow, great job my friend. You nailed it, just like you said you would. And the sound is beautiful. It’s just great. So fun to handle that even playing music seems easier, and that’s really something amazing to experience. People often say that we shouldn’t buy any sax gear without testing it first.I agree in most cases, but in this one it’s not true, so I’m really glad I put my confidence into your expertise. I’ve been reading the comments on your site, so I guess it has become pretty usual for you to witness your customers often realizing your pieces are awesome, but as it’s the first time for me, thank you so much!
Got the mouthpiece! Plays great! Big improvement in tone and response coming from the S80. Having trouble putting the horn down which is always a good sign.
WOW, The fullness & beauty is far better than what you described on the Alma! The emotional value of the sound is thru the roof! The projection on the upper register normally takes off, forcing me to hold back. The Alma actually softens & enriches the upper octave. Please, tell me you plan to make these for alto & tenor!!!
I write you finally to give you my impressions about the Axieme. First, I must to tell you that it is the easiest mouthpiece which I’ve played in my life. It is really incredible. I had difficulty to believe you when you say on your website that the soprano is also simple as another kind of saxophone. The low notes speak naturally and it is the first time I can make the high G! Concerning the sound… wow! Very impressive. I really find the sound which I’ve had in my mind. I love my sound. Very moldable, I’m also surprised concerning the nuances. No effort is needed to play ppp or fff.
I am really very happy. Thank you very much.
Joe I wanted to tell you I got you mouthpiece yesterday and did not put down my horn. It actually made me enjoy playing the soprano (which is the horn I struggle with most). Thank you very much.
Joe – the vintage Woodwind.Co piece arrived yesterday – GREAT piece – with a ZZ reed I am getting consistent tone and dynamics all the way up & down, with great expression – with a Blue Box a softer tone but still consistent tonally with slightly higher resistance but an easier top end – it is also very lig-friendly – with an Eddie Daniels it is warm and wide, with a Rovner Custom it is round and open/hollow – combine that with the reed choice and already within 48 hours I have a choice of palette on just this one piece – also many thanks for your excellent pre-sales advice and customer service – I very much appreciate that fact that you in your first reply you simply answered my question and did not try to sell me anything, but let me mull it over and make my own decision. Finally thanks for being available on the phone, and for your swift postage and follow-up emails.
It’s a wonderful piece, very even over the entire horn, high notes speak easily and without any difference in either effort or tonal quality from the rest of the horn, nice big fat bottom end. The tip opening is very comfortable and I’m quite comfortable on it physically, pitch is great, no issues whatsoever, nothing to it, insert in face and enjoy!
I really look forward to playing my soprano now, and for a long time that hadn’t been the case.Thanks once again for being so helpful and attentive throughout this whole process.
I just want to thank you for the great work you have done on the new METROPOLITAIN soprano piece I got from you. It matches your description perfectly and I’m very happy about the sound it produces. Thanks again!
As advertised on your web site (and I only bring this up because often ads and reality are different) the Via Coro has great projection and is very responsive. I get big and small sounds, soft and loud as desired. But what is really unbelievable is that it IS a pleasure to play! The Via Coro has an incredibly professional feel at the same time that it yields to any range you want to play. Of course, I have a little trouble with the high F but that’s my problem not the mouthpiece.It’s easy to use with the double lip as you said . That’s amazing.The tone too is be beautiful, pure, the whole range, and I feel the cornet sound that I’m trying to make — and, this is just with one practice.Another thing that’s phenomenal about the mouthpiece is playing overtones. I have, as part of my practice, been using Chapter 4 of David Liebman’s book “Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound.” Chapter 4 has several overtone exercises. One of the exercises is matching tones by fingering, for example, low B-flat and playing middle B-flat, then fingering middle B-flat, playing middle B-flat. The goal is to have both sound the same. This is easy to do for the middle register and hard (for a beginner) from low B-flat through low C-sharp (as in the example above). But not on the Via Coro. The Tuner and my ears tell me that they are the same. And, this to me is really AMAZING ! Bravo on the Coro ! It’s really superb mouthpiece and I’m really excited about it!
So I’ve spent some time on the piece now, found a good reed and so on, and man it’s just so good. Big, round, warm, woody, yet still retains great forward motion and bite. It’s relateable, yet unique! Low Bb is as full as high D, and I think that’s what I love most. It has an old somewhat Steve lacy vibe, and I’m just digging it so much. And an equal part late trane, cutting, emotionality to it. It goes where I want it. So happy! I’m really looking forward to putting years on this piece. Thank you again! Keep doing what you do.
I’m very, very pleased with your work! The piece (PPT) has now got everything I was hoping for. Easy blowing and very egal throughout the whole register. What surprised me the most was how good the intonation on the Borgani suddenly is. Actually I was beginning to adapt to the horn being extraordinary sharp on the high left hand palmkeys and compensating for that (which was also the previous owners experience). But your rebalancing for sure almost eliminated that problem!
First impression is awesome!!
It’s absolutely awesome ! Meeting your mouthpieces changed my musical life.
(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!
Yeah, now the piece is here ! My first impression: it plays very, very good, much louder then my old 12* but i can also play very quietly, it is very balanced over all registers, harmonics and altissimo is very easy … In the evening I play it in a little concert ,you’ll hear later from me…………..YES! The mouthpiece is really great. The concert was fine. Big thanks!
I’ve been regularly playing on this mouthpiece and its amazing. Everything exactly as I asked. I didn’t realize a soprano could be this flexible. I had some thoughts of getting myself an old Buescher/Conn, but this definitely gave me the sound I was looking for without needing to change more equipment. If I have any students in the market for soprano pieces I will send them your way!
Joe Giardullo, you’re not a man of your word. You promised me the Open Sky 2 was a wonderful mouthpiece and it’s not true.
It’s the MOST AMAZING, RESPONSIVE, SWEET and POWERFUL, FLEXIBLE, COMFORTABLE and EASY soprano mouthpiece I ever played.
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 am finding that the mouthpiece has a lovely even tone from top to bottom and that my tuning is steadily improving. This is an interesting outcome for someone who has been playing saxophone for over 30 years! My tuning has always been really good and now it’s better. My challenge in playing with the classical guys has been to ensure that each note is produced immediately on pitch, which is something that we don’t necessarily have to do in jazz as we search for our own version of each tune and note. I have really enjoyed playing with the string quartet and the richness I get from the OS2 enables me to fit in nicely. The singer I work and write with has made special mention of the difference in my sound and the appropriateness it has for the settings within which we are performing. As he is a serious opera singer, this is high praise indeed! And on 14 April, I perform in Chengdu, China with full Symphony Orchestra, which presents additional challenges as I simultaneously need to play in a “classical” style whilst being required to improvise. The good thing is that I will be doing this with my own compositions, so familiarity with repertoire will help. I also have two jazz gigs in China and love the fact that given the nature of the OS2, I don’t even need to consider the possibility of using different mouthpieces for different styles. This suits my personal philosophy of mouthpiece use as I reckon we have a sound and that it should suffice in all settings – within reason of course! Last Friday night, for the first time ever in my career, I performed 3 sets exclusively on soprano at a jazz gig. It was a lot of fun and very liberating to not have to swap between tenor and soprano. What’s interesting is that my sound is rich and creamy, whilst at the same time having great projection.
Thanks for building me such a wonderful mouthpiece! I can play very, very soft on it and when I do it has a very nice dark tone. When I increase the volume the piece really “opens up” and also “brightens up” which is exactly what I wanted.
I played yesterday the Metropolitain for 2 or 3 hours, with a soft reed like you told me. As you know, with a new mouthpiece, the first 30 seconds are crucial: yes or no. And after that of course some time to do better knowledge. Given that I had to change my way of blowing, I took time to try various techniques, different ways.So the 30 seconds turned to… 30 minutes to completely fall in love with this piece.
It is just the one I needed !! It plays with no effort, and it is already easy to control the variations in tone. It responds instantly, and with the 82Z’s agility, the result is impressive. The tune is perfect with the horn, I just have to play and it sings.
The sound is sumptuous, and my horn ashine with rare elegance. You were right: warm, sultry and evocative.
Let me say the truth: I didn’t work. I just played on 2 or 3 Chet Baker’s albums, calm and focused, and after a few tunes I just forgot the mouthpiece and the horn… After that, I was with my students, and it was difficult for me, because I couldn’t stop playing !
But the most amazing thing is the ease for me to switch to another way to play. I thought for sure it’d take much time and work, but it seems to be very natural for me.
Joe, it is a total success, and I thank you so much. It was so important for me, because despite I love the tenor, I know that soprano is my voice.
Making soprano sax mouthpieces is your job. But I know you are a soprano lover, and I am convinced that in your mind your job is also a kind of « mission »: to provide access to the soprano sax witch is so frequently considered as difficult, capricious and even sometimes insane because of a trashy mouthpiece. Mission accomplished. Many thanks, Joe
I got the mouthpiece at the office this morning and it is perfect and plays great. The Alexander Superial #3 works really well with this piece and I love it. I am playing it with a Bonade ligature that helps to center the sound. I am figuring the altissimo on this piece and the mouthpiece is very comfortable. It is extremely powerful as well and I can see me having fun with it. Thanks for making great mouthpieces.
The mouthpiece arrived just over a week ago and it’s magnificent! My wife is very happy with it and she sounds great. So far she’s using Hemke #2 reeds because that’s what she could get locally but she’s ordered some 2 1/2 reeds. Many thanks, count me as a totally satisfied customer.
A month or so ago I sent you two completely unplayable mouthpieces – one appeared to be unfinished and the other modified to an unusable extent. I was surprised, honestly, when you said they could both be saved. I was so happy to know that, if nothing else, these two pieces could be made useful. I received them last night and was shocked to play them – they are exceptional in every respect. The tone is consistent throughout the range, the pitch is great, the altissimo is fantastic, and the articulation is easy. I would have been thrilled just to have them working – I thought, given where they started, that would have been miracle enough. Even having played your work for years I am speechless at the transformation of these pieces.Thank you, thank you, thank you … P.S. – Truly, I wasn’t looking for a new go-to mouthpiece … but, I now have one and two outstanding back-ups. The previously “strangely-opened piece” is a dream come true. The formerly “unfinished piece” is excellent in every way as well, very similar to its new twin, and the Red Buescher continues to be among my favorite possessions for both playability and general coolness. My upmost respect and gratitude – you are an absolute wizard.
I received the mouthpiece on Friday and was able to put in about 2 hours with it. I had on hand 5 different manufacturers of reeds in the 2 ½ range. They all played well, with the Hemke and Rico Grand concert being the best. Hemke was #1 with the Rico a very close #2 followed in #3 was a Vandoren Java with a dark tone. This is the first time I was able to hit a concert high F without straining. Low notes were very easy, and I am able to play softly. That never happened before. Best soprano mouthpiece I have ever played. I believe it will only get better as I become adapted to the piece. I am completely satisfied with it. Thank you very much.
WOW! It is incredible. Warmer than the other Riffault that you did, but it also has some other things happening with tonal colors. The Marca 3s work well with both pieces, however I feel like on the most recent I could use a 3.5. So now I have 2 incredible soprano pieces, and I’m feeling more comfortable on Soprano than I ever have. THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
The mouthpiece arrived today. As soon as I came home from work (my paying job!), I put in on the horn. It plays very nicely, very warm and responsive. It is very adaptable and allows me to change the color of the sound very easily. An hour and 45 minutes later, I need to give my chops a rest. Thanks very much for the work you have done. You are an artist!
The ML really is the best mouthpiece I’ve ever played. It’s free blowing, and I was able to hit some altissimo notes last week I’d never dreamed of hitting before. Not to mention the slurs and bent tones that Lacy painted such beautiful pictures with.
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 the character of the sound is truly wonderful! Everything seems to be all in order. Thank you so much for continuing to work with me on this piece. You’ve been so kind to do so and I don’t know if I’ll ever get to properly express my gratitude. If there is anything I can do for you in the future, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you again so very much.
I just wanted to thank you for creating such a great mouthpiece. Articulation is fast and crisp and I can shape the sound the way I want. The scale and tone are even from top to bottom of the horn.
Wow Joe! I am impressed! I love this mouthpiece. It has eliminated several problems that I didn’t seem able to get past. Now I can concentrate on my sound and not have to worry about whether or not the notes will even come out of the horn. It’s great from top to bottom. Thanks so much!
This mouthpiece is incredible! A lot of soprano pieces I have found tend to block the player…this piece says “Where do you want to go?”. I gave been playing it this weekend on my old Italian horn and it has never played better.
The OpenSky2 arrived yesterday – thank you! I have had a couple of sessions and it really is a different experience. Very responsive and a lovely warm tone with the Sequoia. Marca 2.5 reeds are playing very nicely, so are V16s which give a quite different tone. Lots to explore! This is the first mp where I have been able to get an even tone top to bottom so I’m really pleased with it.
I love this mouthpiece! You did a great job!!!
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 real sense of a much fuller sound, I’m much more aware of the overtone make up of the notes, if this makes sense to you, I now feel that I’ve got something that is going to help me develop a decent sound at last. I’ve limited myself to playing mostly long tone and closed tube exercises, having not played a great deal of soprano in recent times I really feel the need to reintroduce myself to the instrument, Anyhow Joe I’m very happy with the mouthpiece,
I just gotta say its great. Just as you described .Very, very nice indeed. It was worth the wait (USPS Scenic Route) I’m very happy with the piece! It’s killer!
I got the ML and have been playing a LOT. I love the mouthpiece. Beginning to get the freedom glimpse of being liberated from working the horn so much.
Thanks again for the mouthpiece, it’s performance is outstanding, it really sings!It’s just what I was looking for in terms of quality of tone and response.The tone and response is second to none and I’ve tried a few soprano mouthpieces since…. 1985! Great job!
Steps ahead of any soprano mouthpiece I’ve played to date. The sound is full and powerful when pushed, easy to play on the bottom. Thanks Joe, you have brought out the sound I have been chasing for years
This is a massive mpc!!!!!! You know I have this killer selmer soloist piece I have played for a long long time. Yours is about to knock it out……:) Everything I’m searching for in a soprano mouthpiece is present in your Missing Link
I got the mouthpiece yesterday. It is fabulous. I can produce a tone as pretty as on the Selmer Concept, but it is so much more flexible and easy (!) to play. The first reed I tried worked perfectly. I was little worried I was going to have to give up on this Noblet soprano, but your OS2 just opened it up and made it play in tune! For the first time, I feel like I can develop a tone on par with my alto and tenor playing. Thank you so much for your recommendation and of course your craftsmanship. I’ll leave a glowing review on SOTW. I think other amateurs might be willing to stick out the soprano if they could have a mpc like this.
The mouthpiece is much improved. It still felt a little “off” the first couple of times I played it. Then one day, I thought I was playing my friend’s unmarked “mystery” piece that I like and I was SO happy with it. I had been playing it for a couple of hours and it was just singing. I was wondering – I better play the Missing Link again and try to analyze the issues I have with it and write to Joe. BOOM! I looked and, lo and behold, I had been playing yours all afternoon! I love it. Thanks for doing a great job.
You nailed it. It’s a totally different animal and now a joy. Thank you so much for all the extra work and talking me into staying with it.
I bought this piece just figuring it was a really good deal. Also, based on my positive experience with Joe refacing a Selmer ‘nino mp of mine. What I got was THE REAL DEAL of a player. This Dolnet is a wonderful match to my YSS-61. The “focused and alive with partials” description is as exacting as you can think of. Total WOW factor!!! Thanks Joe for another great mouthpiece.
I received my Via Coro in the mail Saturday afternoon. I played it Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and I’ll play it today. The more I play it the better it sounds and the more I like it. It’s good to know what the high F# sounds like on my Eastman. I think this setup is going to work perfectly for me. The only problem I have now is that I want to play all the time and don’t get anything else done. Thanks again for a great mouthpiece and for taking the time to work with me.
After almost 50 years playing soprano sax, I thought that I was getting the best possible results from my horn with the mouthpieces that I had been using – until I recently tried a couple of models from Sopranoplanet! Joe suggested the Open Sky 2 and the Metropolitan to me. Both of these mouthpieces worked for me instantly and gave me a wonderfully even response over the whole instrument. I found the Metropolitain great for more intimate duo work whilst the Open Sky 2 gave me all the punch I needed for larger ensembles. Highly recommended!
Wow…I love the tone I’m getting on the Missing Link. It’s warmer than the S25, the palm key notes are just popping out and the intonation is easier
So, I took the Bari with the 992 on a gig last Wednesday night and it was just great thanks. It played consistently from top to bottom and has a lovely tone especially in the low register. But the important result for me was that I was able to focus solely on my tone and my music! Yipee. Anyway Joe, I am one satisfied customer,
We are settling in very happily with our new mouthpieces. There is a smile on my son’s face when he says, it makes such a lovely sound. His intonation has improved greatly over the past week. We have trialled a few types of reeds and strengths. I found I love the warmth of a V12 size 3 1/2. Beautiful tone throughout the horn. He found he likes V12 size 3. It responds quickly and evenly throughout the horn. A huge smile came out about when he was able to easily play the bottom notes of C, B, and Bb. We might even start working on harmonics on the soprano, so that we can extend his range above High E and High F. His arpeggios started to sound even in tone quality and intonation. Thank you so much, he is asking to take out his horn when I get home rather than me asking him to play.
I just wanted to let you know that I love the mouthpiece! Absolutely what I was looking for. Again, thank you so much for the great piece.
….a total killing piece! It really zings with the Alexander 3’s and the Marca 3.5’s should arrive sometime this week. What a fantastic piece, sincerely. I played a bit on the old mouthpiece before I put the horn in the key clamps post-repad and while I was waiting, your piece arrived in the mail. I was patient and left it in the clamps for a couple more days. Friday afternoon, I popped on the OS2 and took them both for a spin….ran scales and such for a few minutes and found myself in the middle of “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” The tone on that ballad was so pure. Thanks from one happy-as-hell customer,
I just got back from my daily exercise. I thought I’d just drop you a note on what a joy it is to play my current setup compared to earlier ones. The Via Coro gives me a whole new level of expression and control that I never was able to have before. The combination of the Keilwerth SX90 and Via Coro has finally ended the struggle playing in tune in the upper register naturally.Thank you so much for this!
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 of the horn is now in reach. I’m very happy that I used your help and service. [ But now I have to un-learn all my workarounds… ) ].Thank you again,
After playing the mouthpiece for a couple of days I found that it has beautiful dark color to the tone, round and clean with a bit of resistance. High notes are not a problem with this mouthpiece! Also, I’m really pleased that I can play it really quietly and the tone is so soft and alive. The intonation is perfect through the entire range of the horn! Amazing!!! And the response is lightning fast! So fast that I started practicing more and more because I’m so delighted with it!!!
Voilà trois semaines que j’utilise votre bec : Open Sky 2 et je dois dire que l’enthousiasme des premiers jours n’a pas faibli, bien au contraire. Il paraît que la justesse de mon instrument avec ce bec est surprenante et aussi la facilité avec laquelle la débutante que je suis peut aborder toutes les notes. Je l’ai même essayé sur mon premier sax d’étude et le résultat était surprenant. Tout le monde m’avait déconseillé de commencer avec le soprano bien qu’étant flûtiste. Je ne peux que recommander à tous les débutants de ne pas attendre, ils gagneront du temps et de l’argent car ils pouront se consacrer uniquement à l’étude sans passer leur vie à chercher le bec idéal. Moi je l’ai trouvé, Merci à Vous, Joe, pour votre recherché permanente. Ce bel instrument mérite mieux que des remarques non fondées.
Musicalement puissant, avec de nombreuses possibilités de laisser votre créativité s’exprimer. J’ai jouer pendant un moment avec elle, et c’était tout simplement un moment si grand de la musique . Un surprenant, son incroyable, ce qui était exactement ce que j’attendais de la planète Soprano, et un morceau qui m’a conduit dans quelque chose de puissant, je n’ai jamais voulu arrêter. Ce bec est le meilleur que je connaisse à sonner vraiment Jazz et Jazz à jouer. Vous ne trouverez jamais ce genre de sentiment musical spécial quand vous jouez une porte-parole de Joe avec un autre … Une chose incroyable et fantastique petit qui font une différence si grande. Le chaînon manquant est supérieur à tous les porte-parole d’autres que je possède ou essayer, c’est pour moi le plus élevé sur le marché, mieux que certaines choses que vous paierez trois ou quatre fois le prix! Je pense que je vais jouer mon exclusivement Missing Link maintenant, cette pièce fantastique fera toute pratique musicale ou de tout autre concerts et si bien amusant, et, bien sûr, à cause de cela, il y aura tellement de bons moments. Je n’arrêterai jamais de vous remercier beaucoup pour que les illustrations grand, parce que je pense vraiment que vous faites œuvre d’art!
I do love the Inderbinnen and think the mouthpiece sounds great on it. It’s interesting how you can really get IN to the sound with this mouthpiece, if that makes sense. There’s an intimacy with the sound that is noticeable with the Open Sky and I am very interested in looking into your Metropolitain as well, especially if it does indeed go deeper!
Your mouth piece came in the mail about an hour ago and everybody is right, you are the real thing when it comes to soprano mouthpieces. The intonation is way happening, it has such great response etcetera etcetera. I have a cannonball big Bell soprano with two necks, the straight neck, and of course the curved neck. Up until now, the curved neck has sat practically unused in my case. With every other mouthpiece that I’ve owned, and ive owned some relatively nice soprano mouthpieces, I couldn’t get anything that I really like out of the curved neck. I was so pleased with the way the missing link was playing on my Straight neck that I decided to try it on the curved neck for the hell of it. Not only does the horn play pretty damn good with the curved neck for the very first time in the entire time that I’ve owned the horn, that I’m not so sure that I may not end up playing on the curved neck more than the straight neck. I need to spend a lot more time on the horn to really get used to what your mouth piece is capable of color wise, and what I need to do in order to get that from it but just the very fact that you’ve taken something that was practically unplayable, and made me enjoy it, and more importantly make it sounds so good, is testament that you are truly knowledgeable and have the skill and the understanding of what it takes to make a great soprano mouthpiece. Thank you so very much!
Wednesday was an organ trio gig and I ended playing the soprano only sporadically. But last night I took only the soprano and had a blast! After playing one mouthpiece for almost fifteen years the Metropolitain required a few small adjustments, but frankly I haven’t practiced or enjoyed practicing the soprano this much in a long time. The sound is full, rich and robust! It’s already the finest piece I own. Thanks so much.
I will always be in your debt for making such a great piece.The palm keys and to the extended range were, for a lot of years, an area that I was never happy with. The combination of the Yamaha 62 and your mouthpiece has just opened up a whole new world of soprano opportunity for me.Once again thank you so much, this the best I have ever played and man am I happy.
The Bari came today… I blew it for about 30min or so and it feels great. Still has the thing of my other one, but like you said the top register is not so choked, the bottom speaks well, – its also louder, and perhaps a touch more resonant – Seems i can push it a bit harder, which can give a bit more edge. Also real nice on the hard reeds like that – it can be nice and dark when not forced and really cut when blown. So far i’m really digging it man – thanks for your work.
Well, I got the OS2 on Friday…And it is an absolute delight to play. Warmth with response – depth with sparkle. The big tip is incredibly easy to play and control. Articulation is crisp and is just moves through the registers with ease and precision. What a great mouthpiece. I can shape my sound any which way and with a smidge difference in reed placement I can transform from one kind of saxophonist to another. The purity of the sound still has energy and projection – I never had the opportunity to play an Open Sky but this OS2 is incredible. Did I mention that the intonation is impeccable? I also tried the OS2 on a Selmer Series 3 and it made that horn come alive! My colleague could not believe how his Selmer sounded. Thanks once again (I really cannot thank you enough!)
I got my mouthpiece this evening. Thank you for the fabulous work. I can tell the difference as I blew it for the first few seconds. It indeed intends to have a Dukoff’s sound, which is also the Mr. G type sound. I am using a Hemke 2 and I can make a similar sound like the Kenny G’s earlier stage live sound. As far as the low notes, I can tell the difference: the low C feels more powerful and solid than before. I only played it for around one hour today and I think I need to spend weeks to fully explore it.
Just got my Open Sky 2 today and it’s incredible, I’m absolutely loving it so far. Thanks again!
I’m at school, I ust got the mouthpiece and started playing it, I just love it!!!!! It can take a lot of air, has a lot of room in the tone, which is itself just great. After several years I have learned that, especially with sax mouthpieces, there’s hardly a second revelation…. good pieces have a vibe to them that’s unmistakable, they speak to our physics and ears, and that happens right away, like love at fist sight or else….I’m very happy, you’re obviously a master in this craft! A big thanks you for this wonderful piece you built, I’ll write more thoroughly in a while about it, I just wanted to share with you my enthusiasm and appreciation, Grande JOE!!!!
Un abbraccio e ancora grazie!
You have made the soprano as effortless to play as I could have dreamed. I have just spent about a half hour with the piece this morning. It speaks and plays so fluidly. You nailed the balance between stability and flexibility, it plays beautifully in tune on my 1927 Conn. There is also a great balance between the natural fatness of the Conn and a clarity of sound that I didn’t think was achievable. The balance of being free blowing but still having the right amount of resistance to control and shape the notes is more than I could have hoped for.
I returned from holiday and at once tried the mouthpiece. A blue box is only reed which well fixed. It is magnificent. I don’t know what I can tell more. And amazing perfect control, I can do on it everything that I want )))))
Go the MP on Saturday, thanks for the quick delivery. Got all excited and tried with a used RICO jazz 3S,had to struggle a little, tried another 3S and that was still a struggle. Then I found a box of 2Ms and that changed everything! Now I could really hear the sound of the horn. Much better resonance. Still I had hoped for a better response. So I pushed the ML in on the neck a lot farther note: Selmer Serie III ). WOW that was it! Now I could feel the power. At this point I was still using your stock ligature. I remember you saying that the FL wouldn’t fit, and you are correct, but I have the newer version also and that fits perfectly. That just made it SING. As advertised, the ML plays with a nice warm tone from top to bottom. At first I had to adjust to not blowing so hard because I’m used to using more breath to get around the registers. Its nice to be able to practice without getting wicked back spasms. You did a really nice job. Thanks allot.
Thank you so much for making and sending the 868 Special for me. It has arrived here safe and sound and I do enjoy playing my soprano sax now!!! Your mouthpiece is great. Because in order to experiment many things, the mouth piece become absolutely no obstacles, it had allowed me to play just comfortably. As I’ve played for awhile, it’s becoming a part of myself already and getting better & better everyday to be able to control it more nicely and as desired. I understand now what people mean about your mouthpiece by free blowing and being able to play from the bottom up to the top register “effortlessly”, and I also feel the similar vibes I could feel with my Selmer Modele 26 “Alto”, as I wanted. But to tell you the truth about how I feel inside of myself, every time I play it, I do feel like “I WANT TO PLAY WHOLE DAY!”, Really! which I’ve never felt this much with my Alto or Tenor. I normally get exhausted playing long time. It definitely shows that your mouthpiece is making me feel that way, Joe. I am feeling it on my guts and this very good feeling is the indication of the superiority of your mouthpiece. I’ve tried a couple of Hemke reeds and Hemke is the one for me! The best combination. It responds very quickly and I love the tone especially the lower register. Yep, it is Dark. Absolutely
Joe – Thank you so much for your expert insight into making me a piece that truly feels RIGHT. This is the only soprano piece that feels like you are with a bigger horn (alto/tenor). First of all, let’s talk tone quality. This Missing Link allows my concept of sound, top to bottom of the horn. Warm, with a solid core that is there all over. Dynamics are a treat because unlike other stock pieces, the sound quality doesn’t change with the dynamics. The mp allows me a hint of good resistance to shape the sound. Overtones are spot on. Timing between notes feels quick and nimble. Articulation is probably the most pleasant surprise. Good staccatto followed with an even better legato. I am looking forward to being able to truly explore all the possibilities with this wonderful mp.
Patience is indeed a virtue. ALMA has finally arrived safe and sound. The sonic possibilities are very interesting with this piece, and the match with the Modele 22 is gloriously velvety. The first two octaves in particular are spine-tingling. This piece is just what is needed to eke out all the hidden nuances in the Modele 22 which even slightly smaller-chambered pieces mask. It ain’t bad on the Mark VI either 🙂 Great and innovative work,
After about a week of playing the modified S25, I just wanted to let you know that I really like the piece now. The characteristic sound hasn’t changed much, but the responsiveness has improved drastically. And especially in the low register I now have all the colors available I wanted. Doing business with you was a very positive experience. Many thanks,
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.
I received the Missing Link last night. I played it a bit with Rico Jazz Select 3M like you suggested, and it played very nicely from the bottom to the top with much thicker sound than I could ever play. Also, I was so surprised that I could play my horn in tune all around so easily. It was so fun to play and I had a hard time putting my horn down. If I was shopping for a mouthpiece on my own, I would never even have tried one with .065 openings. More than likely I would have thought about .055. I guess what you said in your article “Forget about tip openings” is true and the missing link you made me changed my idea about the tip openings
Thank you from one happy soprano player in Tokyo.
I just started exploring the possibilities of this beautiful Metropolitain. Thanks for the fantastic mouthpiece.
Thanks Joe It plays great. Now I have to get my chops adjusted a little, and life is good. I love the way it articulates all the way down to B flat. Thank you Joe. You are a master artist. Don’t go anywhere. With gratitude
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!
Oh my goodness!!!!! What a fantastic mouthpiece! It’s doing everything I wanted. Crisp, responsive, tender, beautiful tone, and punch if called for…Absolutely fantastic! You ARE the man! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have already tried the 3 mouthpieces, and I LOVE THEM! Now the Missing Link is perfect, just what I want, and the rebalancing of the other two has surpassed my expectations… I’m enjoying them a lot. Thanks for the great work! I will recommend it to colleagues.
I got the piece yesterday and played on it this morning. I love it! It is exactly as you described! So glad I found you on the web!
Joe, you are a master my friend!!! A real master!!! this mouthpiece is killing…..warm when I play soft, but if I want to increase volume, it plays great….the intonation is incredible in all registers….very comfortable on my mouth……..and precise on the articulation……Now I can play soprano, without thinking on the mouthpiece….now I think on my music!!!! .
Joe-I have done a bit of blowing and am very impressed so far: the finish of the piece is beyond reproach, and the intonation on my 62R and responsiveness could not be bettered. Tone on the soprano is a work in progress for me, and although I am not there yet, I feel that I have a fighting chance of getting there with the Open Sky – certainly my sound is now closer to where I would like it to be than it has been with any other mouthpiece – and much closer than with any other mouthpiece that has played even reasonably in tune easily for me! I will be playing my Sop with my big band for the first time tonight- and feeling pretty confident that even it the trumpets exhibit their usual degree of sensitivity and attention to dynamics I will be able to make myself heard. Thanks again. Keep up the good work.
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, this is THE soprano sound! Really! it’s absolutely gorgeous! I threw on a Roberto’s 3 Hard reed and it was instantly an unparalleled soprano sound. Perfect. Thank you so much! I wish you made alto mouthpieces!
I just got my mouthpiece today . Well LET ME TELL YOU!!!! Holy mother of all things created… I am simply left without words. I did not know that I could enjoy playing soprano sax like this. Never, and I mean never, have I been able to get such full response down low while playing amazingly soft. Never have I had such an even sounding scale through the entire range of my instrument. Never have I felt like I wasn’t fighting the instrument. Rather now, I am enjoying it. I don’t understand what you have done here, but this piece is wonderful. The sound meets all my expectations of warmth and orchestral approach, while also giving me the capability to alter my embouchure and get a completely different style of sound. Joe, I will pass this mouthpiece around to my colleagues to try. I have no doubt you will get more business from me and my fellow sax players. I would say more, but I want to get back to playing (playing, not working on this instrument). Thank you so very very much.
Damn ….this piece plays GREAT!!! Joe I think you’ve made a piece that has combined the best of two worlds.Very linkish in sound quality and yet it also has the Selmer thing happening.Man, I wish you made tenor pieces!
I always thought that soprano mouthpieces were pretty much one and the same from piece to piece. I now know differently. Joe has made me a piece that makes it so easy to get to what I want to do with the horn. By far the best soprano piece that I’ve owned. Thank you Joe for your beautiful work.
I got it today, and it’s amazing! I can’t believe the response and sound of it! Thanks so much for the great piece and service.
I received the mouthpiece last friday and I´veen playing 2-3 hours a day now and I really don´t know what to say or how to put the feeling in words…I´ve played soprano for many years and I´ve had my “mouthpiece hysteria”, which means I have really tested them ALL…but this piece is something else.. I can experience total freedom in playing. Every tone just SING…It´s like it reads my mind :)))) For me the most importand with mouthpiece id the feeling and the Open sky2 is all about the feeling. Just amazing piece!
Just a quick note to say how much I’m enjoying the Open Sky 2, it’s exactly what I wanted, it’s less spread than my Missing Link but not too focused, still warm and sweet. I did a gig on it at the weekend and it worked well, I was very pleased with my sound when I heard a recording of the gig .I did the first set all on soprano.
Well………….. I got to say I’m blown away by this 868! I’ve been playing it all weekend. It’s such a difference from my JJ; much bigger mouthpiece, much easier to blow. And DARK, but still crisp. It really belongs with my old Conn; I think it will be there forever! I honestly can’t think of anything to re-adjust or tweak (I kind of thought this would be the first round). Playing is 1000% easier and the tone……………….really big and beautiful. Fantastic mouthpiece. Thanks so much Joe, I may even be back for another one of yours! Stay happy and healthy.
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.
I really appreciate your efforts! A piece like that is worth the price. So glad I asked you to make one for me, definitely a totally different animal than the Missing Link. I like the ML on the MK VI, and was using it on the 82Z too, but it is better on the Mark VI, and I wanted something to bring out the best in the 82Z I didn’t know if I was ever going to find it, but you gave it to me. Couldn’t ask for anything better. Thanks so much for enhancing the quality of life for me in the soprano sphere.
Have finally had a chance to play quite a bit on the OS2 on both my sopranos. My conclusions are that your description of the piece is bang on the money. I really cannot see myself playing the ML after this! It has opened my Yani up considerably while at the same time making the sound sweeter and darker, though I can change the tone if I want to.
The real revelation was on my Sequoia unlacquered straight soprano. With a 1 1/2 Marca Superieure reed the tone was amazing! I played for a friend of mine this afternoon, he couldn’t believe the difference with both saxes. The Sequoia is even more complex, with a fantastic range of tone and a huge volume if you want it. I also played with an old Vandoren ZZ 2 reed and the tone was more flute like, with even more volume on tap!
He was playing his Yani 992SC with a metal mselmer piece and a 2 1/2 reed and my tone and volume was so on the nail that he wanted your information. He told me that he would have to start saving up for an OS2.
It is exactly what I wanted. The shape fits me perfectly.The sound is warm but complex. When Stan Getz had his tenor stolen all he wanted was the mouthpiece back for a reward. A good mouthpiece is hard to find. I am getting a real good vibe off your piece.
My Yamaha 62 has gone from being an occasionally stubborn donkey to a nicely responsive filly. I am very happy with the sound I’m getting and people have noticed and commented. Thanks again for your wonderful work and knowledgeable approach. I couldn’t ask for more.
Completely stunning! Much more centered that I would have thought from Philippe’s sample. Instant response. Huge sound. Rich, vital…Thank you Joe!
I got the OS2 today. As expected, it is fantastic. Especially after finding the right reed brand and strength, it is giving me what I asked for, which is quicker response and more pitch flexibility, plus a little more volume. I’m looking forward to learning more of its capabilities!
I’ve got it and it’s amazing! Thank you very much!
Joe!!!!! You are a true legend. 110% love the OS.It really is a great piece Joe. You are a master. so glad to have this to play. happy happy happy!!! thanks again, thanks again, thanks again, mate!!!
I feel the sound is very special. My heartfelt thanks to you, Joe.
When I arrived home from work today, the package was in my mailbox! I tried out some of the reeds that didn’t play before and they play beautifully now. Amazing. The tone is simply beautiful. I thank you for making those final adjustments.
My Soprano MP arrived a few days ago and I have to say you did a wonderful job on it , only today I got the chance to try it out. It plays with an easy response, with a nice fat sound , and good projection. This is a great MP and I appreciate the work you put into it. Many thanks Joe and I look forward to lots of playing on my Soprano.
Just to let you know I got my piece just this morning… I do not know what say…it is amazing…
Really is…Just this morning I was playing “when I fall in love” and it demands some expression to be even nicer. I was having hard time to get some vibrato, mellow tones, moving from one note to another with some dynamics changes, but now all the pain is just gone. =) I was reading a post in your website about a guy that said, “beginners, do not wait until you get frustrate to get a new piece”, and that is true. I was waiting thinking that my playing was the problem, no it is not, of course I have much to learn, but I know now that a big part of the issues were coming from the mouthpiece.
Wow — it’s amazing how much it changes the feel of the horn. It really gives me a hard push in the direction of that Bechet sound and it’s a ton of fun to play.
Maybe I’m not in the market for a vintage horn after all. Thanks!
I have well received the beautiful mouthpiece ( vintage French sopranino mouthpiece). It gave me more versatile choices of style, and sound fuller
I don’t know what you’re doing over there, but keep doing it. The mouthpiece sounds and plays beautifully.
The piece arrived in this afternoon’s mail. It is everything I was hoping for – and more. I haven’t had a LOT of time yet with it, but I picked one reed I’d been using lately, slapped it on the ’26 Martin – and the piece sang – great response from C3 down to Bb1. Good job, Joe.
You are a genius! The mouthpiece is pure silk – I love it!
Joe, dear brother of the brother- and sisterhood of the straight horn. How do I find the words to say thank you to you for the great work you have done and the change in my life this virtually does mean (though it may sound kind of pathetic, but it is true all the same)? On Saturday your mouthpiece finally completed its long journey, the box being completely soaked (it had been raining for days) as if it had been laying in the ocean – like a baptism. Stupid me – I was never good at physics! – I put it to my horn in the same manner as I had done before and was thoroughly shocked because the intonation went completely wild.
But now I’ve LEARNED and had the most awesome play today! It’s really like if you have always been riding one of those old worn-out horses all the beginners get and then suddenly you are allowed to go on a real stallion (or on an unspoiled horse, that’s to say). Or, if your more familiar with cars, like driving an old GDR-Trabant and then getting a Maserati: What a big difference and how absolutely hilarious! Joe, you really do have blessed hands – it does make all the difference! There is poetry now in my place whenever I touch my horn – and still a long way to go: Never getting boring, but an excellent starting point for my musical journey! All the best to you – keep up the good work! THANK YOU!!!
Immediately upon playing with the various reeds I agree with you. You are right on target. The Missing Link with the reeds like yours which turns out I have plenty of works great. The Missing Link is right on target now with a somewhat warmer sound overall and a fuller warm altissimo vs the Via Coro SJ which is exactly what I wanted. Great job Joe. Joe, day two, & it just keeps getting better. From a whisper to a roar its right on the money. Its amazing. You rock. I love it.
I received the mouthpiece yesterday and had a chance to play it last night. Overall, I’m floored. It matches my Keilwerth beautifully. I could have searched for years without finding its like. Even my wife had to stop in the middle of her evening routine, something she never does, to comment on the beautiful tone. As I said before, it is still far more subtle than anything I’ve played before and requires greater precision, but it gives so much more in return. The piece you sent can play whisper soft almost effortlessly, but still has significant presence when called for. It is everything I was looking for and 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 ! Thank you again for the great craftmanship .
I got the Missing Link you made for me today and it is incredible! In 30 years of saxophone playing, this is the first mouthpiece (on any horn – let alone soprano) that did everything I wanted it to do right out of the box! The response was immediate from low Bb to altissimo Bb. The intonation is spot-on and the sound is warm, round and lush. For the first time I believe that I can do the soprano justice! Thank you so much.
Just wanted to let you know that I’m really really happy with your mouthpiece. It’s simply outstanding and makes playing so much more fun and easy! I love it and you seem to be a mouthpiece wizard!
I am impressed. It doesn’t seem like the same piece I sent you. Thanks for your expertise and good work!!
Thanks for the quick service and a wonderful mouthpiece.I have been playing it with my Hemke #3, 5 reeds and it felt so good, that I’ll use it on my semi-classical gig tomorrow. Right from the start it felt similar to my Tenny Otto Link, but more clear and more even throughout the registers.And already I like my high register more than before. Thanks for a great job, excellent advise and fast service!
Joe, thanks for your time and patience in helping me select a piece. You really understand soprano sax mouthpieces. Though I’ve been playing the soprano for years, I thought the soprano sax was by its nature thinner and edgy in the higher registers and had a less clean attack on the low end. I now understand what even response and rich timbre throughout the horn is all about. I find the sound of the Open Sky 2 really flexible and expressive. The Open Sky really allows so much expression within each note. It’s remarkable. I now have a whole range of ways to attack the note and shape the sound. Also just a bit more playing resistance on the Open Sky, which is nice. This really adds to musical expressiveness. Joe, I had been working too hard for a long time!
I think it was really worth the wait for the mouthpiece (one was lost in transit). I’ve been playing it since last Monday , and I love the OPEN SKY. It plays evenly through the whole range and the upper register is wide with a good core. Thanks for your great job, Joe .
They arrived today!!! Tonight I had my first session with the two of them and was definitely fantastic.They sound perfectly. The 12* is bright and powerful the 10* is sweet and round.Two different sounds!! Really a good job. Many thanks.
I look forward to spending time with this piece. It’s a very nice contrast to the Riffault. I think it’s got what I want for the electric setting that I often play in, while not sacrificing good tone quality. I like it more the more I play it! A lot of power and guts. The best test: It makes me smile, and I want to play it more!
I just got my Missing Link soprano mouthpiece and although I’m still exploring its possibilities I must admit that this mouthpiece is by far the best mouthpiece I ever had! I always had a “missing” feeling in my sound and I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. It was me? My instrument? My mouthpiece? The reeds I was using? In short not getting satisfaction for many years out of my instrument although many times I was told I have a beautiful sound…The Missing Link brought my sound into a new level. It plays effortless in the lower register and shines in the upper resister! The notes now appear to have a clear entity of its own from powerful playing to very sensitive with an ease. As I said I just got this mouthpiece and still exploring its possibilities. But I’m very satisfied with the results so far. I’m very thankful to Joe for first of all being a genuine and caring musician helping me with all his very useful advice. And secondly for producing this superior mouthpiece! I recommend any soprano player to check his mouthpieces. You won’t regret it!! Continuum: that’s my second day using the Missing Link. You won’t believe me but I feel having a new instrument in my hands! And the clarity and speed of my playing has 2X! But most importantly I love playing now my soprano instead of forcing myself to play/practice. It’s an awesome feeling.
Got the mouthpiece, and so far it is fabulous! Broader sound than the C*, great response, excellent altissimo, even sound throughout – easy to control and plenty to lean on when I want to. Thank you!
Wow! Everything I asked for is now there: no spit gurgle, easier resistance and the low notes speak much easier! The sound really fulfills my ideal soprano sound: clear, pure, sweet and beautiful! This is the first reface experience where every favor asked has been fully executed to perfection! A big thank you to you, Joe!
As you predicted the Missing Link MP agrees well with my Yanigisawa. It seems it has been opened up, and now has a more flexible and responsive sound. The harmonics come more naturally. In effect, I am renewing my relation with the soprano, and am happy with the broader possibilities in tone. The C-soprano MP also is a welcome addition. Both of my (Conn) C- soprano’s are more consistent in intonation, and the higher register has improved considerably. So, you have another happy costumer…..
The verdict is in – I’m going with the Missing Link with Hemke reeds! The piece plays great, thank you for putting that together for me!
Thanks for such a great mouthpiece!!! I played several hours this afternoon and worked a bit on reeds. A great sound… and what really impresses me is the intonation. I had always though that it was my fault that I was so very sharp up high. I checked the whole horn and I have never before played so well in tune. It plays fantastic down low and has a really wonderful sound. I can play up to high “F sharp” now and that has always been a problem for me.
I haven’t played soprano for several years now… at least not for more than a few minutes at a time, so when I get back into shape I will write you and let you know how it is going. It is going to be fun now playing it again. When I was in the orchestra it was always a worry for me to play in tune. I think that problem is now solved. I am looking forward to the first time it is needed in our Big Band. Next week I will try it in the sax quintet I have with some of my students. Once again, thanks for making such a great mouthpiece for me. It has met all my expectations.
It is so free playing and responsive. The tone with the #3 Marca reed is IT! Already it is playing beautifully. If any beginning to intermediate player is waiting to invest in one of your mouthpieces until they are “better,” my advice is buy one now. Easier to blow and control and ten times the tone! Why wait! Thanks for all of your advice. The time you spent with me really paid off on this end.
I received the mouthpiece last week. It is truly amazing, very free blowing from top to bottom, with a fascinating and deep tone.I never played so easily the altissimo, and all registers are warm and full of harmonics. The articulation is excellent and the staccato very clear. It is perfect for classical contemporary music, and also for modern jazz; a great choice for developing a personal sound.
Man, you are a genius! Thank you again.