I only make sopranos in one model, the Fmaj7. The Fmaj7 has no baffle, it is straight down the bore from the tip whereas a baffle protrudes into the bore and constricts the airflow creating an artificially bright sound. The lack of a baffle releases a lot of back pressure and allows the sound to flow unimpeded. It can then play freely and open in the throat. Plays more like an alto than a typical soprano mouthpiece which usually produces a small, thin sound.
Tip openings are as follows:
.055", .060", .065", .070" and .075".
The rubber I use is imported from Germany and contains no plastic in it's composition. Mouthpieces with added plastic make the sound brighter and edgier, but have a notable lack of warmth and control. 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.
| Acetal is a type of nylon that sounds better, in my opinion, than the other kinds of plastic used in mouthpiece manufacturing. It is louder, stronger and brighter than rubber, but not as warm. Response is a little stiffer.
| The wood 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.
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| Tip Openings
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