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Berg Larsen Metal Alto Sax Mouthpiece
The tip opening is the distance between the tip of the reed and the tip of the mouthpiece, measured in thousands of an inch. Generally speaking, the wider the tip opening, the softer the reed that may be used. For most beginners a narrower tip opening will result in a clearer tone and more consistent intonation. 90: Close / 95-100: Medium Close / 100-105: Medium / 110-115: Medium Open / 120-130: OpenThe Chamber
The degree of edge or brightness the player obtains is dictated by the size of the tone chamber. The more 'baffle' that is built into the tone chamber, the more edge the tone will have. A '0' tone chamber will have the most edge and a '3' will have a more mellow tone.Facing Length
The term 'SMS ' or 'M' indicates the choice of facing. The SMS, or French facing is usually shorter with a steeper curve. The 'M' or American facing is slightly longer with a flatter type curve.
Berg Larsen stainless steel mouthpieces are known for increased life and their diverse tonal quality. Due to the hardness of the metal and the highly reflective finish, they are able to maximize projection. With the many combinations of tip opening and chamber, these mouthpieces can produce whatever tone you are looking for, from bright and edgy to smooth and dark. Includes cap and ligature. Mouthpieces are SMS (European Facing) unless otherwise specified.
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Comments about Berg Larsen Metal Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:
This is the third Berg I've owned in twenty six years as a sax player. It's the first one I've tried with a darker number 2 chamber, and I only wish I had bought a similar mouthpiece years ago. I play a Yamaha 61 alto and it projects a fairly bright modern tone to start with so the darker colors of this m/piece really bring out the warmth and the quality of the horn. It sounds like another saxophone now! Seriously, I know what a zero chamber plays like and I think a number 2 chamber is much more musical on my bright Yamaha. As a player I'm in the Sanborn camp and this m/piece is a very stable and professional piece. It's as bright as I need it to be but will still pull back when I want it to as well. It's not as flexible as a Meyer but if you want a modern tone with rock-solid stability then a Berg Larsen will do it. Just beware the smaller chamber sizes! They take no prisoners, so to speak! And of all the m/pieces I've payed for over the years (too many to mention!) the Bergs are the most correcting and I think the best investment for the music I want to play. If the modern sound is what you're after you should consider one.