5/5* (65-69 thou) is suitable for classical players who strive for a very slightly brighter sound than many classical pieces. Also good for a warm but vibrant jazz sound.
6/6** (75-82 thou) is all purpose versatile. Probably too open for beginners and many classical applications
is a nicely resistant powerful piece ideal for a projecting lead alto sound without being over-edgy
8* Power (Hooligan) . Does what it says on the tin!
This is not just a scaled down version of the tenor, the concept is slightly different. My inspiration for these includes the Brilhart Tonalin and Meyer Bros. New York so they do not have as high a baffle as the tenor pieces.
In keeping with the PPT versatility concept, in the right hands they are capable of a warm dark sound as well some sparkle you associate with that lead alto “zing.”
Alto players that have inspired me to develop the sound concept of the 6** include include Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Maceo Parker and Joe Harriott. The 5* is designed for a warmer jazz sound (e.g. Paul Desmond, or for a more classical sound)
This mouthpiece is probably the only PPT that is also suitable for beginners, however if you are used to something such as a C** or Yamaha 4c, you may want to initially try softer reeds.
New! The “Hooligan”
We are finally very proud to offer a new line in PPT mouthpieces – the Hooligan. This has taken years in research and development.
Hooligan by Name, Hooligan by Nature
In many ways, yes but of course in the right hands it can be tamed. But maybe tamed is the wrong word – this is unlikely ever to sound tame, however you should be able to bend it to your will without losing any hooliganality.
On to the sound concept. I was not just after a bright, edgy “paint peeler” – there are plenty of those around. One of the things saxophone players seek in a blues or rock mouthpiece is true grit. Of course the player can supply that, but it really does help if the mouthpiece is amenable otherwise attempts to add grit can often just sound overblown and have a tendency to sound flat.
Inspiration for the Hooligan Alto
We started out working on the alto version. Originally we thought of taking a typical “holy grail” New York Meyer Brothers type mouthpiece and adding a baffle. Sounds easy, but that didn’t quite work in the way we wanted. One reason this has taken so long in development is that getting the perfection you strive for is not an exact science. A lot of trial and error is involved getting not just the right baffle and chamber combination, but the best facing curve. All these factors contribute to what makes it work the way we want. We only produce the alto with a wide 8* facing, as that is the facing that works best in combination with the chamber and baffle, however custom orders are of course possible for different facings. Currently available only in pearlescent black HD resin
5 65 thou = 1.65mm
5* 69 thou = 1.75mm
6 75 thou = 1.9mm
6** (7) 82 thou = 2.1mm