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Category Archives: Tech Talk

This is where we like to discuss HOW the magic happens.

Instrument developments have, historically, been very much shrouded in mystery.

These posts show us all what makes instruments better (or different) from one another.
Let us know what you might like to hear about.

The Importance of Mouthpiece Design

This new Jody Jazz advertising campaign highlights the importance of mouthpiece design in instrument functionality. With the headline “All Mouthpieces Are Not Created Equal” the new advertisement takes a humorous approach to visually representing what the average high school Jazz band sax section can often sound like, invariably due to the students’ use of inadequate mouthpieces.

Mouthpiece Placement and Intonation

From this article, I hope that you gain an understanding of how moving the mouthpiece on the neck cork affects the instrument as a whole. There is a delicate relationship between the notes played with the left hand and the notes played with the right hand as well as an interplay with the instruments key heights and ultimately its tone. Where you place the mouthpiece on the neck cork is both a result of and an effect of these variables.

Do I need to upgrade?

A good quality student model instrument will often service the needs of a student anywhere from 1-3 years & this depend very much on the level that the student is playing at. As a general rule if the student is looking to study grade 5 AMEB or above or VCE music it will be time to […] READ MORE

D’Addario Jazz Select Saxophone Mouthpiece

Following the success of the Reserve Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece, D’Addario launched the Select Jazz Mouthpiece for alto saxophone in 2014. Drawing its inspiration from coveted vintage feel and tone, the Select Jazz Mouthpieces are milled,not molded. Using D’Addario’s precise computer-controlled mouthpiece-making technology, they deliver a sound and quality that surpasses all expectations. “D’Addario has brought [...] READ MORE