RICO ROYAL GRAFONITE
Tone Chamber Style (A, B, or C): The tone chamber of a mouthpiece is the inside area of the mouthpiece. The size and shape of the tone chamber will change the tone quality of the instrument. With the Rico Royal mouthpieces, an "A" tone chamber will give a dark sound which is best suited for concert work, a "B" tone chamber will give a little more brilliance (better for using with most bands), and a "C" tone chamber will give a lot more brilliance and edge which is great for rock and jazz bands.FACINGS
Facing (3, 5, or 7): The facing is determined by the distance from the tip of the reed to where it first touches the mouthpiece. The bigger the facing number, the farther back the reed goes before actually touching the mouthpiece. Changing the facing of the mouthpiece will generally change the volume of the instrument. With a shorter facing (3), less of the reed is vibrating, so the instrument will tend to be quieter, with a longer facing (7), more of the reed is vibrating, so the instrument will tend to be louder.
Graftonite Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Specifications:
- Chambers: See Above
- Facings: See Above
- Material: Grafonite
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Comments about Rico Royal Graftonite Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece:
A Vito tenor sax with a generic student mouthpiece had a decent dark sound miked through the PA system. With the Graftonite C5 mouthpiece, I was amazed at how much it opened the sound to a fuller, richer and brighter sax sound, making that humble Vito really sing.
Reports abound on inexpensive Chinese metal mouthpieces, varying from mediocre in sound reproduction and construction quality to very good. I gather it is depends upon the particular factory producing it. If you want something that is definitely a good purchase versus uncertain, I'd go for the Graftonite. My only complaint is the sharp edged mouthpiece barrel lip issue, which is easily fixable with a pocket knife. I've bought 3, a C7 alto, a C5 tenor, and a C5 bari Graphonite and have been happy with all of them.
The Rico Royal Graftonite Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece is molded out of plastic and comes in 3 chamber gradations, A, B and C, where A gives a darker tone, B is somewhere in the middle and C is brighter. Each gradation comes in 3 lay widths, 3, 5 and 7, where 3 is more closed and 7 the widest opening with greatest potentional for volume. (Note, in general one would use a softer reed for a wider opening because the reed vibrates more, covering a greater distance.)
This mouthpiece was well molded and machined, workmanship was excellent, except for one little but easily user fixable issue. A Graftonite C7 mouthpiece I bought for my alto 6 months ago had a had a sharp edge on the lip of the mouthpiece barrel that heavily gouged the new neck cork. This was easily removed by deburring with a pocket knife. On older corks it obviously did not appear to be a problem, as my tenor Graphonite fit without a problem. I checked and sure enough, it had a fairly sharp edge, too. Afterwards, I deburred it to camfer that edge for safety. You may want to check the mouthpiece for this possible defect and do similar.
For the price, this mouthpiece is a worthy, cost effective upgrade.