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    Tenor saxophone mouthpiece


    Syos tenor saxophone mouthpieces were created with Syos artists: a lot of famous saxophone players made a Syos custom mouthpiece for their tenor, based on the expertise of Syos'finest acousticians. You can buy the exact same models as those musicians. Syos signature tenor mouthpieces are crafted on high precision machines at 1/100th millimeter. All the signature models are available in the color and tip opening of your choice.

    Chad Lefkowitz-Brown

    My Syos mouthpiece helps give my sound tons of power and a thick core. It’s always super easy to play and helps me articulate clearly, even on fast lines!
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    Tivon Pennicott

    My Syos mouthpiece is uniquely comfortable for me. I can easily access my altissimo while also blowing through my low subtone notes with ease.
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    Dayna Stephens

    My Syos mouthpiece has the width and warmth I usually get from a rubber Link and the quick response of a Soloist.
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    Scott Paddock

    My Syos tenor mouthpiece gives me a really big sound that cuts, and I no longer have a stuffy middle Eb or D.
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    Daro Behroozi

    My Syos mouthpiece enables me to play with a very wide range of tonal colors and dynamics, expanding the sonic possibilities of my instrument.
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    Michael Wilbur

    I love my Syos piece. It’s kind of scary how accurate and precise this thing is from top to bottom.
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    Bob Whittaker

    After years of searching, I’ve now found the “Holy Grail”. Syos made me a mouthpiece that can get really loud and still maintain a natural warmth. As I push the volume, the sparkling highs cut through but simultaneously, there’s this huge bass boost underneath it - it’s like playing a ballad at fff!
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    Dan Forshaw

    My Syos mouthpiece is incredibly free blowing, with flawless intonation. Each note I want to play just arrives with such ease, colour and shape. I'm thrilled that the search for the perfect mouthpiece seems to be at an end.
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    Jason Moore

    My Syos tenor mouthpiece's sound is dark, warm, flexible and even across registers. It has no problem delivering power in a loud performance situation without losing the warm, dark character that I enjoy.
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    Mornington Lockett

    This mouthpiece allows me to be myself in any musical context. In terms of dynamic range and versatility of tone this is probably the best mouthpiece I have ever played
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    Zem Audu

    This mouthpiece is built for powerful, and versatility. It gives an even tone and allows for subtlety and nuance of tone too.
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    Victor Raimondeau

    My Syos mouthpiece is a perfect mix of power and brightness. It has a well balance of ease of playing and resistance so I can can get a warm, centered and powerful sound.
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    Leland Whitty

    It’s nice to have something customized to the exact sound I’ve had in my head and which plays with exceptional ease!
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    Jure Pukl

    My mouthpiece gives a great sound quality, focus, is easy blowing, has a fast response. I like how it is even and flexible over all octaves.
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    Sylvain Rifflet

    It's beautiful! It's blue! It does a unique sound, precise and with a perfect intonation on all the register. And it stays warm.
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    Andrew Cox

    My mouthpiece is incredibly versatile and homogeneous. It provides all the presence and power I need while maintaining warmth and roundness.
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    James Arben

    It's an amazing mouthpiece. It has the darkness of tone, and response that I have spent years looking for without the compromise of powerful and cutting sound.
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    Eddie Rich

    My mouthpiece is versatile and flexible. I can get “my sound” and I am also able to shape it when needed to fit in a wide variety of musical settings.
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    Which reed to use for tenor saxophone mouthpieces?

    Reeds are fixed on the mouthpiece table (the flat part in the back of the tenor mouthpiece). They vibrate to create the saxophone sound inside the mouthpiece when the musician blow in the instrument. The saxophone tenor reed is called "simple" because it’s fixed on the mouthpiece and have only one mobile element, contrary to double reeds of oboe and bassoon for example. The choice of a reed is made according to various parameters. The material of a saxophone tenor reed can either natural organic cane, or synthetic polymer. There are several reed parts: the heel, the spine, the side, the heart and the tip. The heart is the most sensible part and also the one that influences the most the vibration quality. Thick sides increase the hardness of the reed while fixing the reed on the table with more efficiency. The reed tip follow the line of the mouthpiece tip in a way that when the reed vibrate it closes the entrance of air into the mouthpiece. The shape, the thickness, the height and the width of these parameters have an impact on the sound.

    Saxophone reeds can be classified according to two main criterion: the reed hardness and the reed strength. For a tenor saxophone reed, a strength of 1,5, 2 or 2,5 is adapted for beginners. These reeds are more flexible and easier to apprehend. Reed strengths of 4 and 5 are more suitable for good amateurs and professional players. The shape of the mouthpiece, its tip opening, facing curve and baffle interacts with the reed choice. With a reed of strength 5, the sound volume is more impressive. It’s interesting to try different reed models before choosing a definitive category.

    Tenor sax mouthpiece material: metal mouthpiece? plastic mouthpiece? hard rubber? Wood?

    If you’re looking for the best tenor sax mouthpiece you probably wonder which material is better. Actually, the tenor mouthpiece choice depends mostly on the shape of the mouthpiece and not the material. According to the saxophonist level and sound preferences, different shapes are recommended. The choice of the material is more a question of comfort and durability.

    • Tenor mouthpieces in plastic or resin, like Syos mouthpieces, have a very good quality. They have a resistance against impacts, scratching, high temperature and can be used in wet environements. It’s a solid choice for playing outside. Saxophonists also like their nice finish, the choice of colors and their very affordable price.
    • Metal tenor sax mouthpieces are very traditionnal, and very resistant to impacts (they are almost unbreakable). Their main inconvenient is the comfort in mouth which is not very good, especially when it’s cold. If you ask about the best tenor sax mouthpiece for jazz, several saxophonists talk about a metal mouthpiece like Dukoff, Guardala, Berg Larsen or Otto Link. Such brands were famous for their high step baffle metal tenor saxophone mouthpieces very suitable for pop, rock and fusion. However the brightness and power of these mouthpieces is due to the baffle shape and not the material. It is possible to get a very dark and warm sound with a metal mouthpiece.
    • Hard rubber tenor mouthpieces are also very popular. Hard rubber is a plastic material made with organic rubber vulcanized with sulfur. They are very comfortable in mouth and have a good finish. However they are not suitable for wet environements and break quite easily when dropped on the floor.
    • Wood tenor sax mouthpiece have a beautiful natural aesthetic and are often handworked. They are not made to play outside, but they are quite durable for playing inside. Some of them were made with ebony, like for example Frederic Lebayle tenor sax mouthpieces. Today, wood is quite uncommon for mouthpieces.

    Choosing a tenor sax jazz mouthpiece

    The best tenor sax mouthpiece for jazz depends of which kind of jazz you like. The typical jazz sound is obtained with a large chamber, with curved walls for a warm and deep tone. For brighter tones like in smooth jazz, funk or fusion, small chambers and high baffles are more appropriate. The mouthpiece tip opening has to be big enough to get more width and more volume in the sound. A curved or step baffle is better to get some power in the sound. It is important to choose the right reed to enhance the qualities of the mouthpiece. A good combination of the reed and the mouthpiece provide the saxophonist with more articulation and deeper tone, both suitable for jazz. The choice of the ligature can also be important. When adapted to the player sound, a good tenor jazz saxophone mouthpiece is easy to play and has a very good intonation either in a band section or in lead or solo.

    Several accessories such as ligatures, mouthpiece caps and cushions are suitable for a tenor saxophone mouthpiece.