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Berg Larsen Mouthpieces

Berg Larsen Ebonite Berg Larsen Saxophone Mouthpieces are used by some of The Worlds top professional saxophonists. A comprehensive range of tip openings, baffles and facing design gives the saxophonist the ability customize the mouthpiece. Berg Larsen Baffles
  • The larger the baffle (lower number) the brighter the tone.

  • These are available in two facings, "SMS" french facing, and the longer "M" American facing. The M facing makes it easier to sound low notes, the SMS facing makes it easier to sound high notes.

  • Each Berg Larsen Mouthpiece includes a cap and ligature.

When selecting a mouthpiece, there are a number of factors to consider

 

Mouthpiece Diagram

1) Tip Opening
The tip opening is the distance between the tip of the reed and the tip of the mouthpiece, measured in thousands of an inch. Generally speaking, the wider the tip opening, the softer the reed that may be used. For most beginners a narrower tip opening will result in a clearer tone and more consistent intonation.

The tip openings available are shown in the green section of the table below, with the most popular ones shown in the red typeface.

 
Mouthpiece Type
Tip Opening
Instrument
 Black Ebonite

Stainless
Steel

Gold Series Grained
Ebonite
Gold Series
Bronze
Close
Medium
Close
Medium
Medium
Open
Open
Bb Soprano Sax
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
80 and more
Eb Alto Sax
70
75
80
85
90
95
100
105
110 and more
Bb Tenor Sax
90
95
100
105
110
115
120
125
130 and more
Eb Baritone Sax
90
95
100
105
110
115
120
125
130 and more

2) Tone Chamber
T
he degree of edge or brightness the player obtains is dictated by the size of the tone chamber. Referring to the diagram above, the more 'baffle' that is built into the tone chamber, the more edge the tone will have. A '0' tone chamber will have the most edge and a '3' will have a more mellow tone.

Tone Chambers: '0' - BRILLIANT, '1' - BRIGHT, '2' - ROUND, '3' - MELLOW.

3) Length of facing
The term 'SMS' or 'M' indicates the choice of facing. The SMS, or French facing is usually shorter with a steeper curve. The 'M' or American facing is slightly longer with a flatter type curve. These facing term is only to indicate the facing curve length and in no way affects the actual sound of the mouthpiece.

Example
The designation 100/0SMS for a tenor sax mouthpiece indicates a medium-close tip opening, a brilliant tone chamber and a short facing length.

 

 

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