My concept behind the sound is a mouthpiece that can deliver not only that very fat warm almost vintage sound, but also a more modern sound with nice sparkly edge, sometimes both at once. I was after a really versatile mouthpiece that could deliver lush subtone for vintage jazz as well as screaming harmonics for rock and R & B. I find that a lot of jazz mouthpieces are either too bright altogether (e.g. Vandoren Jumbo Java) or too warm (Otto Link), or else they really need to be pushed too much to get some edge.
With the PPT mouthpiece I find that there is a combination of warmth and darkness but with an edge that need not get overbearing when played really loud (unless you want it too). I found that many of the mouthpieces that can give you a warm or dark subtone seem to wimp out when you really push them to the limits. This is a great jazz or rock mouthpiece.
Who plays PPT Mouthpieces?
The 9* (125) is quite a specialised mouthpiece for experienced players and suits medium soft reeds. It is very loud and full-bodied without being edgy or buzzy. Once you can control this it is an extraordinary weapon for any saxophonist. I use one of these for recording and live work.
The 8* (117) is very slightly brighter and very smooth but still with lots of mellow “body” – I find it works exceptionally well for funk, smooth jazz and pop, but still very versatile. Note the tip is very slightly wider than a normal 8*, but is no harder to play. Probably a bit easier if anything.
The 7* (105) is an ideal intermediate/pro mouthpiece, very easy blowing with a focussed character and a nice slightly bright defined edge to the sound.
If you are upgrading from a student mouthpiece with a smaller tip,opening it is recommended that you start off with soft or medium soft reeds and experiment to find what works best.
Black Resin HD (Pearlescent) is a high density composite resin made with bronze and hard rubber, specially developed and tested by Ed Pillinger for maximum durability, tonal and playing response.. Onyxite is a resin/stone composite material
These materials have passed strict UK and EU tests for non-toxicity. The shank ring is solid unlacquered brass, it will age with an “antique ” patina, but can be very easily polished back to shiny shine with a silver cloth. The mouthpiece has a baffle with no rollover and less pronounced “bullet” shape than a Berg Larsen and is rounded off and polished. Each mouthpiece is hand finished by Ed Pillinger and play tested. These are not made from imported blanks but are hand-built from start to finish.
Sterling Silver PPTs
These are the same internal dimensions and facing curve as the Onyxite, cast from solid sterling silver with UK hallmark. The external profile is much slimmer.
Do the metal PPTs sound different to HR orResin?
The sound is not significantly different, I have noticed that the main difference is in the dynamics. All mouthpieces tend to get brighter as they are pushed more, as they get louder. The silver PPT main difference (that I can tell) is that as you push them the sound is more consistent, ie they do not get as bright as the Onyxites when played loud. This may be because there is less tendency for the very tip to vibrate slightly in sympathy with the reed, which may happen with certain materials. One significant attribute of the PPT is that they are not as bright (or edgy) as other high baffle mouthpieces.
New: The Hooligan:
One of the things saxophone players seek in a blues or rock mouthpiece is an elusive kind of sound that I call “grit,” and a truly gritty sound is what we are aiming for with this mouthpiece. Of course the player him or herself 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. The Hooligan has a huge tip opening, yes this one goes to 11.
I am sometimes asked for an 8 or a 9, e.g. by somebody who currently plays an 8 or 9 tip in a different mouthpiece. This does not necessarily mean you should have an 8 or 9 PPT.
We do not supply these any smaller than 7*, they are designed to work best with larger tip openings. We could make them smaller but I prefer to make a mouthpiece I am confident will sound good for most people, rather than selling mouthpieces to make money.
Larger sizes are available as custom orders, and as such are are not subject to the usual return policy. I have experimented with 10* and 11. The 10* is very loud and has a very edgy sound, the 11 is extremely powerful, but has a bigger sound and less edgy.
- Marc Jean
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