Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Alto Mouthpiece Roundup Review (Part 7): Conclusion

Alto Mouthpiece Roundup Review Header Photo

With so many different feels, aesthetics, prices and features, it would be fair to say that there has never been so many great choices readily available to today's saxophonists. Of course, the downside to this is that it can make picking the right mouthpiece confusing. Hopefully, this Alto Mouthpiece Roundup Review will have helped.

In order to make it easier to consolidate all the info included in this roundup, I have put together a companion guide. Some of the levels were quite tricky to decide at times. For example, some mouthpieces were brighter at different dynamics, or had different kinds of sound frequency emphasis in the high harmonics. As such, and although it works great as quick visual aid, using it alongside the individual reviews will be more informative.

Alto Mouthpiece Roundup Review Companion Guide
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I'd like to thank everyone who supported this effort by sending me their products to test and helped make the process as smooth as possible: Angela Zammit, Kristen McKeon and Kevin Garren at D'Addario, Phil Engleman of Phil-Tone, James Bunte, Matt Marantz, Dave Kessler, Jody Espina, Danielle and John at JodyJazz, Morgan Fry, Christophe Grezes of Selmer France, Erik Greiffenhagen, Richard & Karen Thurgood at Mouthpiece Cafe, Andy Blanco, Michael Skinner and Michael Fenoglio at Dansr/Vandoren, Theo & Patrick at Theo Wanne Mouthpieces.


I'd also like to thank Franck Bichon, Juan Garijo & Viera from BG France for helping out with the ligatures and overall great attitude & support.

Stay tuned for a complete review of these ligatures (and a few accessories) in an upcoming article on this blog.

In the meantime, you can visit the Facebook page for BG FRANCE and the website:

Screenshot of BG FRANCE review


I'd also like to thank Artur Fisher & Peterson Goodwyn for providing me with the fantastic pair of RM-5 ribbon microphones. It seriously contributed to the quality I was aiming for with this review. Make sure you check out this affordable high quality ribbon microphone.

Artur Fisher's RM-5 ribbon microphones are available for purchase directly from the company's website as a DIY kit for €199 ($215) + about $20 shipping to the US. The RM-5 is also available as a fully assembled microphone for €295 ($320) + shipping.

Artur Fisher's RM-5 in action
RM-5 in action

Artur Fisher's RM-5 in action
RM-5 in action


Finally, I'd like to thank my wife for her thorough and pertinent editing and support! :)


Don't hesitate to join the discussion in the comments below. Feel free to ask any follow up question and I'll try my best to answer.




  1. This post is very helpful. Thank you. I am using Jody Jazz Jet for alto sax.

  2. Thanks for taking the time and effort to share your thoughts...I read and listened to almost all the reviews and learned a thing or two about how mouthpieces work in general!

    1. |learned a thing or two about how mouthpieces work

      Thanks for the nice words! I took the time to explain everything in detail for this very reason.


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