Baritone and bass saxophones are among the lowest-pitched members of the saxophone family, and playing them with ease takes time, practice, and of course, a high-quality mouthpiece. The good news is that today's baritone and bass saxophone mouthpieces are available in a wide range of styles. In fact, leading mouthpiece manufacturers like Selmer, Otto Link, Berg Larsen and Vandoren are renowned for crafting mouthpieces with meticulous attention to detail and they each use only A-grade materials.
Mouthpieces are available in a variety of materials, each of which offer their own unique sound characteristics. For example, ebonite (hard rubber) mouthpieces have a warm, focused sound that's ideal for jazz and classical music. If the baritone is your sax of choice, start your search with the Vandoren V16 Ebonite Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece. This popular mouthpiece is inspired by the sound of the greatest jazzmen from the '50s - it blows easily and has great punch. Now for those who want a bright sound with plenty of projection, a metal-plated mouthpiece will do just the trick. Another top seller, the Otto Link Metal Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece delivers the rich sound quality of a larger bore rubber mouthpiece and it comes with a ligature and cap.
Bass saxophonists also have plenty of choices here. If a hard rubber mouthpiece is what you're after, check out the Selmer Paris S80 Bass Sax Mouthpiece. This stunning model features a square cross section in the chamber instead of the conventional arch and its stability, accuracy and consistency is nothing short of stunning. Or, if power and projection is what you crave, look no further than the JodyJazz DV Bass Saxophone Mouthpiece. Designed to give a more free blowing experience, have a fatter midrange and deliver even more harmonics, this sax mouthpiece may very well be the finest on the market
Whatever mouthpiece you settle on, it's recommended that you spend a couple of weeks playing it to make sure that it works for you. It should also be noted that the choices mentioned above are available in a variety of tip-opening styles (medium-to-medium close tip openings are typically used in concert bands while bigger tip openings are best for jazz). Honestly, your best bet is to ask a pro or a music teacher for some guidance. In the end, just remember that the perfect mouthpiece for you can be found right here.