I posted Kevin’s pictures of his 7″ low A extension for his Adolph Sax/Selmer stencil. Those pictures and his description can be found here.
For the last two weeks I have had the opportunity to play test 2 prototype bass saxophone mouthpieces from Chicago Mouthpieces. Ed has used 2 Runyon 88 baritone blanks with a number 5 tip opening and adapted them for bass sax. They are both very nice playing pieces.
These are the two “reviews” I sent Ed about his prototypes:
Hi Ed. I just finished playing both of them for about 20 minutes each….My first reaction….You’re onto something! They’re really great! One does speak a bit easier than the other, but I don’t have them in front of me at the moment, so I’m not sure which one it is.
I was a bit skeptical of the smaller tip opening, but I’ve been playing around with different reeds and things, and the intonation suddenly improved to the point that it is better than the Runyon I’ve been using for years!!…I will definitely write you more once I have more time in on the
pieces, but suffice to say now…Well done…
Hello Ed…I must say, these are very nice mouthpieces. They are slightly different from each other, and do respond differently in different ranges. Overall the one with the “CM” scratched on the front has a more open sound, and responds a bit better to my rather leaky bass. Given that basses tend to leak perpetually, that is a real selling feature for me. I find the CM not quite as “stuffy” as the other one. I also find it is freer blowing on the lower end.
Compared to the Runyon 7 I’ve been using for 5 years, I find both of your pieces easier to play, and improve the overall intonation of the horn…Which given the nature of bass saxes, is a very good thing. I find that I do not have to push them as far down the cork as I do my 7, which I’m sure improves the intonation as well, so it is closer to the horn’s “sweet spot” (sure, lets pretend that basses have one of those!).
In short Ed, there is nothing that I personally don’t like about the mouthpieces you’ve adapted for bass sax. Given the amount of air that is required to play bass, I personally like not having as large a tip opening. It makes the job of making the beast play a lot easier….
Overall I give them a big thumbs up!
Contact Ed if you are interested in learning more about his plans, or in his other refaced pieces for sale.
A bari player recently got in touch with me about the low A extension he made for his low Bb bari. Rather than the conventional 6 inches which has been proven to work for Selmers, Conns, Bueschers, etc., he had to make his 7 inches long to play in tune on his horn. He has an old Adolph Sax/Selmer stencil. He is going to send me some pictures and more details. As soon as I get them, I will update the Low A extension page.