As with the tenor and baritone mouthpieces, my reason for developing the PPT soprano saxophone mouthpiece is not commercial, I just wanted to get the best soprano mouthpiece for my own needs. I had been using a vintage Selmer Soloist which I really enjoyed, but it did not quite have the rich darkness that I love so much about a soprano tone, so, using that as an initial inspiration, I developed the PPT soprano mouthpiece. Above all I wanted to get a smooth, sweet but powerful tone, without any of the nasal “ducky” sound so often associated with the soprano saxophone.
After a lot of experimenting with prototypes, extensive playtesting, I finally came up with a soprano mouthpiece that for me does everything the Selmer can do, but also allows me to get a lot of different sounds from the mouthpiece, in other words, it’s a very versatile mouthpiece. This is a bit of a bonus as I had assumed we would end up with a darker, warmer sound. What we now have is a darker, warmer sound but not at the expense of losing the brightness, sweetness and edge. It’s still very capable of that if you want it, but is probably the most versatile saxophone mouthpiece out there.
One of the biggest issues with the soprano saxophone, compared with the the larger horns, is the difficulty of intonation. This is due partly to the smaller tolerances in the dimensions of the saxophone and mouthpiece, but also due to pitch being changing more due to even the very subtlest changes in embouchure. You’ve probably noticed that it’s much easier to bend a high note than it is to bend a low note. For this reason, the research and development phase of the soprano mouthpiece was much longer then the tenor or baritone. We would find a mouthpiece with a great tone and response, but difficult intonation. At one point I almost abandoned the idea and went back to my Selmer, until by trial and error we discovered a very specific chamber and throat size which seemed to give exceptional intonation without compromising the tone. This then went through several “beta testers”. Although the mouthpiece was for me, I wanted to make sure that it also suited other players and instruments.
The mouthpieces are currently available in Onyxite, as with the tenor and baritone PPTs and available in sizes 5 (.050), 6 (.060), 7 (.065) and 8 (.080). Black HD pearlescent (resin) available to order.