Repair Rates Instruments for
& Piccolos Mouthpieces
Woodwind Company - New York
These mouthpieces usually have a letter and a number and possibly an asterisk (*)
The number indicates the tip opening. The asterisk indicates a half size (5* = 5.5)
The letters indicate the "resistence curve" of the mouthpiece. These are described below.
"Resistence curve" is the length of the curve from the tip of the mouthpiece to the flat table (shown as "facing curve" in
this diagram), as well as the shape of the curve.
Bb and Eb Soprano Clarinet
K - Symphony work
B - Student
G - All-round for dance band and symphony
N - Free-Blowing
Alto and Soprano Saxophones
C - Alto Sax only. Extremely lively, for jazz
B - Standard - All styles
K - Lead Alto. Best with Meliphone Special.
G - Small Resistance. Smooth quality
H - Very Compact. Easily controlled all registers
B - B5 & B5* for students...more open tips for dance band
K - Lead Tenor
N - Jazz Tenor; short, open facing
G - Blends well in section work
D - "Latest curve developed"
W - Longest lay available
Baritone and Bass Saxophone
B - Most popular and widely used
K - More Brilliant that "B"
Saxophone Mouthpiece Facing Curves
Best results with the "B" curve are derived in combination with the "Original Woodwinds" bore. B5 and B5* are usually recommended for students; B6, B6* and B7 for dance men.
The "K" Resistence curve is the preference of most lead men. It produces a smoothness of sound and lends itself to very soft or very loud playing, while retaining all the beauty and quality of
tone for which "Steel Ebonite" mouthpieces are famous.
The "N" curve was designed for jazz tenor men who require a short open facing to obtain more volume. The "Original Woodwind" bore is recommend in "N" facings. "N" tenor sax facings are not
usually recommended for beginners.
The "G" curve, being longer in length, is preferred by the "ride" tenor men. It blends well in section work because of bigness of tone in the lower registers.
"Original Woodwind" or "Sparkle-Aire" bores are recommended in combination with the "D" curve.
The "W" curve is also an exclusive tenor curve and is very popular in combination with the "Meliphone Special" bore. This is the longest facing available, and makes for remarkable ease
of playing in all registers.
"Meliphone Special" - The "Meliphone Special saxophone mouthpiece has a clarinet designed chamber.
Meliphone chamber with K5 facing = Dick Stabile style mouthpiece.
"36 Chamber" = larger chamber.
The "J" facing is not listed, but here is an Alto Sax J5
Here is an example of the "C" facing on an alto sax mouthpiece
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
WOODWIND CO. MOUTHPIECE MODELS
DICK STABILE - A perfect copy of models used by Dick and his famous orchestra.
A revelation to those looking for the clear brilliant quality made famous by Dick himself.
SPARKLE.AIRE - The new and improved member of the famous mouthpiece group. Already accepted as best suited for the modern scores.
WOODWIND MODEL - Models familiar to every sax and clarinetist in the world. Famous for long service to musicians wherever tone quality is demanded.
MELLIPHONE SPECIAL - Sprecially designed saxophone mouthpieces to answer the demand for clear, cutting power with perfectly controlled intonation. This model is being used in many of the world's leading orchestras
inslucing P. Whitemand's and Guy Lombardo's.
All 5 models are made of STEEL EBONITE--which has earned the distinction of being "the perfect mouthpiece material."
Lots of information at Nicolas Trefeil website.
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