Mouthpiece Charts

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Saxophone Facing Comparisons

There are quite a few mouthpiece comparison charts out there, but most are not very user-friendly so I created this one based on some of the most popular tenor mouthpieces used by saxophone players today. One important thing to be aware of is that the response you get from any two saxophone mouthpieces with the same tip opening can vary enormously. This is because tip opening alone is only one part of the story. Ideally to compare mouthpieces you would also want to be comparing the facing length and curve as well as the chamber size and baffle dimensions.

In reality, what this means is that just because, for instance, you are comfortable with an Otto Link 7*, you may not find that every other 7* or .105 tip opening will be suitable.

If the facing length is longer on a different mouthpiece of the same tip opening, there is a good chance that you might find it more easy blowing. If this is the case you might want to try a larger tip opening of that make, or use a harder reed.

However if the facing length is shorter on a different mouthpiece of the same tip opening, there is a good chance that you might find it more resistant or harder to play low notes. If this is the case you might want to try a smaller tip opening of that make, or use a softer reed.

Below are tenor and alto mouthpiece charts showing some of the most popular mouthpiece makes and their tip openings or facings.

Mouthpiece Charts

Tenor

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Alto

 

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