Baritone saxophone mouthpiece
Syos baritone saxophone mouthpieces were developed with famous artists. Each baritone mouthpiece has a different power and brightness. Dayna Stephens, Daro Behroozi, Knoel Scott and Victor Raimondeau participated to the success of Syos baritone sax mouthpieces. Tones are diverse, from deep and dark to clear and bright. You can choose the color and the tip opening that you prefer.
Baritone mouthpiece in metal? Plastic? Hard rubber? Wood? What differences it makes?
The bari sax mouthpiece can be crafted in different materials, which has an impact on mouth comfort and product durability. In metal, plastic, hard rubber or wood, more rarely in glass or cristal, the baritone saxophone mouthpiece is present in all musical genres: jazz, rock, pop, classical, etc.
Baritone saxophone mouthpieces in ABS can have any geometry and are used for all the different musical genres. They can go from the softer sound to the most powerful tone with a very stable intonation. They are chosen based on their tip opening, table (surface on which the reed is laying) and chamber (interior of the mouthpiece). This kind of mouthpiece is perfect to begin but also to progress to next levels, thanks to the different shapes that can be done.
A metal baritone saxophone mouthpiece is often machined with very long baffle, which gives a clear and bright tone. They can be used for different musical styles: from jazz to funk, Rnb and pop music. There are also metal mouthpieces made from bronze and even gold-plated sax mouthpieces, for a very luxurious finish. However, they are not very comfortable especially when you’re playing outside and it’s cold.
Baritone mouthpieces made from hard rubber are appreciated for their comfort and their pretty simple and classical look. Their main problem is that they are quite fragile, they don’t resist much to impacts or scratching. The best is to keep them dry and to avoid playing them outdoors.
Baritone mouthpieces made from wood, especially ebony, are an alternative to metal or plastic mouthpieces. They are quite solid, are more adapted to play indoors and their shape is more suitable for jazz.
Which baritone saxophone mouthpiece to play jazz?
The choice of a bari sax jazz mouthpiece depends on the kind of jazz: classic jazz, swing, blues, modern jazz, funk… Many jazz saxophonists love the different tones of Syos baritone mouthpieces. For a classical-oriented tone, the best bari sax mouthpiece is one with a small tip opening, a medium facing length and a low baffle which results in a soft and round tone.
For a wider tone, jazz musiciens prefer to select traditionnal shapes with a large chamber and a long baffle. The walls can have different degree of roundness according to the desired brightness and accuracy. Baritone mouthpieces with curved baffle and large chamber have a rich, powerful and accurate sound. They are ideal for modern jazz, funk or soul music.
The best bari sax jazz mouthpiece must make the musician free to create a rich tone with a very fast response, and be easy to play. Each musician is unique and each mouthpiece too: the sound quality that people hear depends not only on the reed and mouthpiece properties but also on the musician ability to use this setup in the best way he can.
How to choose the right reed for a baritone saxophone mouthpiece?
Choosing a baritone saxophone reed is as complicated as choosing the mouthpiece.
The reeds vibrate with a defined intensity to produce the sound. Their durability depends on the material used to craft them. Their main characteristics are their size and their strenght. A reed with a low value of strenght is less difficult to control: a strength 2 reed is ideal for beginners, a strenght 5 reed is more suitable for advanced players. Baritone saxophone reeds of strength 4 and 5 are good for an increased sound voume with more intense sensations. These different reed categories are compatible with the baritone mouthpiece and help to feel comfortable when playing. The purest sound is obtained with a thin tip and a thick body of the reed.
Pro players recommand using several reed strenghts and keep only those who are adapted to the player’s abilities and desired tone. Organic cane reed are more fragile and their efficiency can decrease when exposed to wet environement and temperature variations. Synthetic baritone saxophone reeds have been developed by brands such as Bari, Legere or Rico. They are more durable.