Nothing compares to the clarity and intensity of metal, which is why Bari uses 18K gold-plated polished brass for it's projection and power. It's a great mouthpiece for all jazz or pop music.
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I had given up on trying to find the best metal mouthpiece after Dukoff, Jody Jazz, Beechler, and Ponzol just didn't quite work for my playing or embouchure because of inconsistency between registers, and for a couple of years stuck to my trusty Vandoren V5 S35 hard rubber, which gives great intonation through its full range but doesn't have the power of metal. Thanks to another reviewer on this page who caught my eye because of mentioning "altissimo" playing with this particular mouthpiece, I thought I would try the Bari metal. Out of box playing, I was instantly in love. Finally power and projection, but with consistency of tone between registers (as with all soprano playing, some voicing is needed in order to stay in tune). With the Bari it is easy to stay in tune from the lowest to highest notes, and yes (even though I rarely venture into altissimo on the soprano) I easily was able to voice altissimo F# and G with little added effort, something never achieved with other mouthpieces. The Bari is a real gem for me. My setup: Bari #8, Fibracell reed #3, Rovner Versa Lig, and my faithful vintage 70's Selmer Mark VI soprano. I can return my soprano to the jazz fusion / funk arena once again.
I have been playing on the Bari Gold 8 soprano sax mouthpiece (Facing .75, medium small chamber) for about 6 months now. I upgraded from a Bari hard rubber (Facing .62, large chamber) that I purchased in 1988. I have a Yamaha 62 soprano saxophone and use Fibracell Synthetic Reeds. I loved the sound I got from the hard rubber mouthpiece. But since I am starting to play more soprano sax these days, I have been finding myself in needing more power. I'm not playing classical music anymore like I was playing in college. My concern was getting a new mouthpiece and having my sound change from a dark to a too bright and thin sound (Since Yamaha saxophones tend to be brighter than Selmers, and Fibracell Synthetic Saxophone Reeds are a little brighter than cane reeds). One quote from David Liebman I read than also concerned me was "It is easier to make a dark sounding sax brighter, than to make a bright sounding sax darker". I almost purchased the Bari Gold 7 (Facing .70) or even purchasing a Vandoren V16 S8 (Facing .75) hard rubber just to keep my sound from being too bright. I'm so glad I went out on a limb and purchased the Bari Gold 8. I have the power and projection that I wanted. I was also shocked to find out the intonation is easier to handle with the Bari Gold 8 mouthpiece. I can now concentrate on the phrasing and nuances, rather than worrying about my pitch. I was never able to hit altissimo register before the Bari Gold either. Now I can! Even though the altissimo register is not really needed when playing the soprano sax. But, it sure is nice to know I can hit the altissimo register. The only thing I had to get used to is, the width of the Bari Gold mouthpiece is much narrower than the Bari hard rubber mouthpiece I was using. Putting a "Runyon Teeth and Mouthpiece Saver" on the mouthpiece resolved the vibration of the metal mouthpiece. All in all, I love my Bari Gold soprano mouthpiece and recommend it for anyone to purchase. The reviews I read on the internet are correct. Bari makes GREAT soprano sax mouthpieces!!!
Had one of these for a while. Very Bright - but not too bright. Very Powerful.
I have found this to be a powerful mouthpiece that gives me great projection. I love the the open sound that my Bari Gold gives me. I have tried costlier mouthpieces but always return to my Bari Gold. Great sound and control @ all registers.
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