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The Beechler Metal Bellite alto sax mouthpiece is cast from the finest surgical steel. Surgical steel is a specific type of stainless steel, often us...Click To Read More About This Product

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Steel mouthpiece for complex overtones.

The Beechler Metal Bellite alto sax mouthpiece is cast from the finest surgical steel. Surgical steel is a specific type of stainless steel, often used in medical applications, made out of chromium, nickel and molybdenum. The chromium gives the metal its scratch and corrosion resistance, the nickel provides a smooth and polished finish, and the molybdenum gives greater hardness and helps maintain an edge. Only instead of slicing surgical patients, you'll be slicing through hard bop and modal jazz changes with surgical precision.

The material is resistant to corrosion, breakage, or change in playing characteristics due to environmental considerations. The hardness of this metal provides an ultra fast response time to bring out the brilliance of the overtone series. The Bellite Alto features a medium high baffle and open chamber, which supports a brilliant contemporary sound as well as a subdued ballad sound. Ligatures and caps are provided with all Beechler Gold and Bellite models.


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Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece

  • Material: Stainless Steel
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BeechlerMetal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Changed my sound from begginer to professional!

Words can't even explain how much this mouthpiece can make such a difference. IÆll just say that if youÆre looking for that pro-like bright alto sax sound this is where it's...Read complete review

Words can't even explain how much this mouthpiece can make such a difference. IÆll just say that if youÆre looking for that pro-like bright alto sax sound this is where it's at for you. I bought the model #7 and Rico plaster cover reeds #3 which is the exact set up a sax pro named Dave Koz uses. I would always wonder how he made such a great sound, but now I know: it's all because of the miracle sound the Beechler brand gives.

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Simply doesn't compare to other options

I have tried a copious amount of mouthpieces for my alto; of all of them, this Beechler is probably the worst one that I have tried. After reading numerous positive reviews about the...Read complete review

I have tried a copious amount of mouthpieces for my alto; of all of them, this Beechler is probably the worst one that I have tried. After reading numerous positive reviews about the mouthpiece and its capabilities, I decided to try the Bellite 7. I tried running through my blues scales and improvising a bit, but the mouthpiece was very restrictive. After adapting to the Jodyjazz pieces for about a year, this mouthpiece completely paled in comparison. It was stuffy, lacked color, and for a contemporary piece it just did not live up to expectations. The mouthpiece truly is extremely small in comparison to other pieces which is not all too peculiar (i.e. Berg Larson, Yani metal mouthpieces for alto are both also slim), but it is this that likely skews its dimensions and disables any prospects of performing well and/or consistently. Bottom line: don't buy it.

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2.0

Simply doesn't compare to other options

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from Ann Arbor, MI

Pros

    Cons

    • Inconsistency
    • Stuffy
    • Subpar Tone

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      I have tried a copious amount of mouthpieces for my alto; of all of them, this Beechler is probably the worst one that I have tried. After reading numerous positive reviews about the mouthpiece and its capabilities, I decided to try the Bellite 7. I tried running through my blues scales and improvising a bit, but the mouthpiece was very restrictive. After adapting to the Jodyjazz pieces for about a year, this mouthpiece completely paled in comparison. It was stuffy, lacked color, and for a contemporary piece it just did not live up to expectations. The mouthpiece truly is extremely small in comparison to other pieces which is not all too peculiar (i.e. Berg Larson, Yani metal mouthpieces for alto are both also slim), but it is this that likely skews its dimensions and disables any prospects of performing well and/or consistently. Bottom line: don't buy it.

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      4.0

      Great, but....

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      from Krum

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      These mouthpieces sound amazing and have been around for a very long time. Please be advised that you should be an experienced player. I give this 3 stars because the one I received had a crooked tip and was not properly made. Beechler is known for their manufacturing imperfections so order 3 and return the bad ones. Just a word to the wise to save you some frustration. I use a 7 with LA Voz medium or blue box vandoren 2 1/2.

      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Did I forget to take the Padsaver out, or is this a misprint

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      from Elkton, MD

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      I got a Beechler Bellite 6 for alto and a 6 and 7 to try after hearing demos and reading good reviews, and I was quite disappointed. It took me under five minutes to decide that getting used to this piece wasn't going to be a concern. It has very little flexibility tonally, and as for the dynamics, it can't be pushed and switches to subtone at mp. The lows were horribly stiff. The entire range was just stuffy, no way around it. After the play test, I took a few measurements to find a .086" tip opening (a 6 is supposed to be .080") with a 17mm facing! With a tip that size and a facing length shorter than my soprano mouthpiece's, it's no wonder this thing played horribly! Maybe with a decent facing it would be better, but refacing stainless just isn't viable. This is the only alto Beechler I've ever tried, but it was BAD, and so were the sopranos, so I won't be going out of my way to try another.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beechler Bellite 7 Facing

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      from Duluth, MN

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      Absolutely outstanding. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with this mouthpiece on my Mark VI. The lows moan and resonate beautifully, producing sexy subtones. The highs soar and sing with ease and clarity. Not to mention that fat, fat, fat altissimo I get from this piece. Just a stunningly robust, bright, POWERFUL, modern sound all around. I will never play another mouthpiece again. Also, the response this mouthpiece gives is instant. I've played hard rubber mouthpieces all my life, so I don't know if it's the switch to metal, or just this particular mouthpiece, but wow, everything on the horn just pops immediately no matter how hard you pound the notes. The only complaint I would have is that I wish they would include a chrome or gold-plated ligature with the mouthpiece instead of a black powder-coated lig. Still works great, though. Do yourself a favor and buy a Beechler.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Very nice piece but definitely only for advanced players

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      from Colorado Springs, CO

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      I thought this was a really nice mouthpiece when I received it. However, never having played on a metal mouthpiece, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. I would highly recommend this mouthpiece for advanced players and intermediate players who have had significant experience with metal mouthpieces. I consider myself an intermediate player but like I said, I never used metal before. I ended up returning it because it wasn't right for me at this time.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pleasant surprise is all I can say. Bellite 5

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      from Aurora, Colorado

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      Wow, once when I was young and inexperienced I bought a Dukoff D6. What a mistake. If you don't know why I say that, buy one. I hid that horrid thing away and played on a Meyer 5 since then, and recently a guy was interested in a trade (his Bellite for my Dukoff). The only reason I agreed was the Bellites are worth more, and I planned to sell the piece and cut my losses. Received it TODAY, liked the way it looked, the ligature works great, better than many stock ligs out there. Slap it on, shudders remembering the sound of the Dukoff, the intonation problems, the dreaded chirp every now and then. Start playing, my god this thing plays great. Smooth, not harsh, I would say not contemporary, just good saxophone sound. The subtones are great, full on low notes are powerful. I will say as far as the low notes go, there is a lack of lower overtones which hard rubber pieces do have. The only adapting needed was about 4 minutes long in which the mid range notes sounded a little, let's say "Dukoff-ish". Quickly went away. My common trouble of getting F#3 to sound is nonexistent. The altissimo, incredible. I can get 6 octaves out of this baby no problem. Multiphonics are very hard to speak. Slap tongues are good and loud. Circular breathing is easy due to the back pressure. Octave chords are easy (not sure if anyone else plays those). Great mouthpiece with only a few minor trouble spots like the multiphonics and lack of overtones in the low notes.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very well worth the investment!

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      from Richmond, VA

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      I am happy to say that Beechler has outdone itself with this mouthpiece. The Beechler Bellite I purchased a few months ago has helped me tremendously in producing the sound I've been aiming to reach for the longest time! Major Pros: *Great air flow and high response: I can't say how many times I've used a mouthpiece and had air pressure quickly build up in my head. This mouthpiece eliminates that problem. *Produces a bright, rich sound many jazz players are looking for. *Altissimo notes and overtones pop out with ease. On my first try with the mouthpiece, I was able to hit partials in the overtone series I couldn't reach before with just my older mouthpieces. It actually helped with training my ear to hear the overtones and finally hit those "missing" partials on my older mouthpieces. Minor Cons: *Mainly a reed issue: if you have a reed that's too soft, you'll definitely find yourself squawking notes a lot. Too hard, and you'll find yourself playing very airy. Once you find the right reed that suits your needs, it's well worth it. *As with all metal mouthpieces, it's quick to cause fast condensation in it and your horn. If you have constant moisture issues with your saxophone, this may become a small problem if you don't have swabs or pad savers handy.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Metal Mouthpiece That's Worth It's Weight in Steel!

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      from Milwaukee, WI

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      I've held off for a long time trying out a Beechler metal for my Selmer Super Action 80 Serie II, simply because I've always used hard rubber and believed that it allowed me to have a much more open, full blasting sound. Well, I finally purchased the Beechler Beelite metal #7 and I am so impressed with it. I admit that the sound isn't as open as a typical wide tipped hard rubber, but what it makes up for is in intonation and crispness! I believe that Intonation and a pure sound is much more important when you really want to play with your soul than any loud, forceful, open hard rubber sound can provide. One of the main reasons I disliked metal was because I believed that they take the "breath" sound away from the horn, well the Beechler is one such metal that is not like that - it still allows the horn to breath! This is important. When the horn is put to a mic, it sounds Soooo sweet and powerful with a Beechler metal. You may have to get used to it if you are switching over from a lifetime of the hard rubbers like I was, but now I'm working to perfect it and I tried to go back to the hard rubber in comparison and there just is no comparison anymore for me and the sound that I'm looking for. Don't listen to all the hype about this mouthpiece, if you really are interested, you have to find a sax store and take your own horn in and try one out - which is what I did before I paid the money to purchase one. Now the only thing is that I believe that the ligature that comes is okay, but there are other ligatures that allow this mouthpiece to work so much more effectively - you need to experiment with that ligature reed setup once you get the mouthpiece, in order to find out what works best!! Don't not try this one - you owe it to yourself if you are looking for a quality sound to try it.

      (16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best I've ever played!!

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      from Vancouver, BC, Canada

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      I bought 2 Beechler Belite mouthpieces; a #6 and a #7. I started playing on the #6 at first and loved it but a few months ago, I switched to the #7. Both plays amazingly. The #7 however plays better for me. this mouthpiece gave me the control and freedom to express myself the way I always wanted to.It's a very "free blowing" mouthpiece with great response over the whole instrument. Great altissimos too! I've been using the Legere synthetic reeds with it and they work beautifully. It's great for contemporary styles of playing but I find that it works good overall. It's very versatile. If you are looking for a mouthpiece that enables you to create magic, then this is the one for you!!

      (73 of 84 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Changed my sound from begginer to professional!

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      from Florida

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      Comments about Beechler Metal BELLITE Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

      Words can't even explain how much this mouthpiece can make such a difference. IÆll just say that if youÆre looking for that pro-like bright alto sax sound this is where it's at for you. I bought the model #7 and Rico plaster cover reeds #3 which is the exact set up a sax pro named Dave Koz uses. I would always wonder how he made such a great sound, but now I know: it's all because of the miracle sound the Beechler brand gives.

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