I use is imported from Germany and contains no plastic in it's composition as is common in many mouthpieces. Mouthpieces with added plastic make the sound brighter and edgier, but have a notable lack of warmth and control. Rubber creates a rich warm sound that resonates freely, even with the DD baffle. Other good qualities of rubber are that it plays well in tune and can be played in a variety of styles and dynamics. Also the pitch is less stable whereas with rubber it's spot on even when you blow hard or are a blow hard.
The 1920 rubber
, also from Germany, is a formula from the year 1920. It has a richer darker sound, but more resonant and responsive.
I use is African Blackwood from a government run reserve in Tanzania. It is an exotic wood and used for most woodwind instuments like the clarinet and oboe. Like the sirens in Greek Mythology, it is beautiful and luring, but dangerous ... it's prone to cracking and warping. I deal with it by sometime having to reface the piece up to three times. That is included in the price except for shipping.
is a type of nylon that has a translucent milky white color and it has it's own unique sound. It's a very tough material and is louder, brighter and stronger than rubber, but not as warm. Even though it is pure plastic, it has a lot of the warmth and playing characteristics of
rubber. I think this is so because it is flexible, not brittle and vibrates freely
like rubber. Response is a little stiffer.
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