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D'Addario Woodwinds Select Jazz Tenor Mouthpiece
 D'Addario Woodwinds Select Jazz Tenor Mouthpiece 
D'Addario Woodwinds Select Jazz Tenor Mouthpiece
 D'Addario Woodwinds Select Jazz Tenor Mouthpiece 
Expertly-designed and made in the USA by a team of top musicians and engineers, Select Jazz mouthpieces are milled, not molded, from solid rod rubber, using D'Addario's precise computer-controlled mouthpiece-making technology with no hand finishing.

These mouthpieces capture the classic sound and response of the most sought-after vintage mouthpieces; they have even intonation across the entire range of the saxophone for all styles of jazz. Ideal for the professional player or advancing student, the Select Jazz Tenor Mouthpiece features a medium chamber and facing length, and is available in tip openings 6, 7, 8, and 9.

For review, I received model MKS-D9M with 2.92mm tip and medium chamber. I turned it over to Ron Dziubla who plays sax for Duane Eddy, Joe Bonamassa, Nick Waterhouse and many others. Ron plays both tenor and baritone and tested using a Yamaha Custom Z tenor saxophone with Vandoren V16 size 3 1/2 reeds and a gold Harrison ligature.

Ron comments: "As an LA session and touring player, I demand quite a bit from a mouthpiece. It is not uncommon for me to go straight from "paint peeling" rock n' roll to Sinatra-like swing in the same set."

Dziubla continues with: "I love this mouthpiece and I found the intonation to be even throughout the horn. The lower register blew nicely, and playing sub-tones was fairly easy--and I expected all of that. What was surprising was the big and fat sound of the mouthpiece! I was able to easily take it to full on rock n' roll and the altissimo popped out all the way to an octave G."

In trying out the D'Addario Jazz Tenor, Ron blew some Bozza etudes and a few of his favorite Bobby Keys tenor solos. Besides the usual long tones and scales it delivered all across the board from sub-tone to scream.

Ron continues with: "I've been using a metal Dukoff D8 since the early 90's--it's what I'm used to. So for this D'Addario mouthpiece to enter that territory at my standards was a surprise. I haven't played a hard rubber mouthpiece capable of a big sound before playing the Select Jazz. It's great to have a hard rubber option for all genres."

D'Addario Woodwinds' Select Jazz Alto or Tenor Mouthpieces come in all sizes and sell for $149 (MAP)

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