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The alto saxophone mouthpiece is the Claude Lakey go-to vintage mouthpiece. Ideal for lead alto, yet versatile enough to blend in with any horn secti...Read More

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    $95.61 Top Rated

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    $93.04 Top Rated

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  • 9*3

    $99.99 Top Rated

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    $99.99 Top Rated

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    $93.81 Top Rated

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  • 5*3

    $84.95 Top Rated

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  • 7*3

    $84.95 Top Rated

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High-quality composite alto sax mouthpieces for great sound and projection.

The alto saxophone mouthpiece is the Claude Lakey go-to vintage mouthpiece. Ideal for lead alto, yet versatile enough to blend in with any horn section. Claude Lakey's most popular mouthpiece, it offers a bright and even sound that can be heard across the auditorium. Claude Lakey's alto saxophone mouthpiece has been favored by sax greats such as Charlie Mariano and Paul Desmond.

The alto saxophone mouthpiece is where it all started, and it has remained the central piece of the company's collection for over fifty years. Claude handcrafted the alto design himself when he was unsatisfied with any molds available to him. His innovation pioneered a better Jazz mouthpiece, the same mouthpiece they are still making today. You will reach new highs and lows, having freedom in your upper and lower register.

Claude created the alto mouthpiece as a jazz piece, but it's bright sound and great projection make it the perfect choice for a variety of genres. It's particularly stunning in rock groups, funk bands, and house music. You'll find these mouthpieces give you the ability to stand out above the crowd, or blend into an ensemble. The versatility of this piece is outstanding, and you will soon find it becomes a favorite to play in several settings.

FEATURES
  • Bright sound with crisp projection
  • Free-blowing and easy to play
  • Handcrafted for quality
  • Made from high-quality composite
  • Four replacement toothguards included

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Claude LakeyOriginal Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
 
4.3

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Easy to get a wide variety of sounds

First, "the" 7*3 is very easy to blow. Second if you want a decent sound you have to practice with this because it's so easy. I use a Rovner dark...Read complete review

First, "the" 7*3 is very easy to blow. Second if you want a decent sound you have to practice with this because it's so easy. I use a Rovner dark ligature with a Tenor sax Rico 3 1/2 reed. I know, "it's an" odd combination but for a guy that plays a lot of Bari and Tenor it works well. No need for a mic, you can get dirty and peel the paint off the walls or get a nice sweet sound. Easy to blend for lead or really stand out for small group solo work. I've been playing mine for about 24 yrs and can't find an alto mpc that I like better.

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Ehh

I usually play tenor and bari, but I love playing alto. I needed a mouthpiece that I could carry around so that if I needed to play on a friend's alto to record,...Read complete review

I usually play tenor and bari, but I love playing alto. I needed a mouthpiece that I could carry around so that if I needed to play on a friend's alto to record, I could have my own mouthpiece to play on. It's alright, but it is a bit out of tune on some notes (May be the horn that I used). It has a pretty decent sound, but if I was a regular alto player I would want something better and bigger sounding. I just needed something cheap and this was the answer.

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3.0

Ehh

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from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

I usually play tenor and bari, but I love playing alto. I needed a mouthpiece that I could carry around so that if I needed to play on a friend's alto to record, I could have my own mouthpiece to play on. It's alright, but it is a bit out of tune on some notes (May be the horn that I used). It has a pretty decent sound, but if I was a regular alto player I would want something better and bigger sounding. I just needed something cheap and this was the answer.

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3.0

Ehh

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from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

I usually play tenor and bari, but I love playing alto. I needed a mouthpiece that I could carry around so that if I needed to play on a friend's alto to record, I could have my own mouthpiece to play on. It's alright, but it is a bit out of tune on some notes (May be the horn that I used). It has a pretty decent sound, but if I was a regular alto player I would want something better and bigger sounding. I just needed something cheap and this was the answer.

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(2 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

It goes sharp and won't stay in tune

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

I bought the 7*3 Claude Lakey mouthpiece to try and get a larger jazzier sound out of my Selmer Bundy II alto sax. Despite using both my old metal ligature, a Rovner ligature and Rico Jazz Select 2H, 3S, and 3M reeds on the mouthpiece the thing consistently goes sharp after a minute or two of play. I tune it and retune it with my Center Pitch Universal for Band and Orchestra CP2 tuner to no avail. I have to pull the mouthpiece out to the edge of the cork just to get it briefly in tune. Maybe the mouthpiece will work on another brand of instrument, but so far it hasn't worked for me.

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(2 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
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It goes sharp and won't stay in tune

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

I bought the 7*3 Claude Lakey mouthpiece to try and get a larger jazzier sound out of my Selmer Bundy II alto sax. Despite using both my old metal ligature, a Rovner ligature and Rico Jazz Select 2H, 3S, and 3M reeds on the mouthpiece the thing consistently goes sharp after a minute or two of play. I tune it and retune it with my Center Pitch Universal for Band and Orchestra CP2 tuner to no avail. I have to pull the mouthpiece out to the edge of the cork just to get it briefly in tune. Maybe the mouthpiece will work on another brand of instrument, but so far it hasn't worked for me.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good as the best and better than the rest !!!

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from New Braunfels , Tx

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

After exhaustive experimentation with all brands , I've determined my 5*3 and 4*4 alto mpc's to be perfect for big band lead alto and small combo gigs . I've played 50+ years and feel confident in making this bold statement . They're truly remakable .

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good as the best and better than the rest !!!

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from New Braunfels , Tx

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

After exhaustive experimentation with all brands , I've determined my 5*3 and 4*4 alto mpc's to be perfect for big band lead alto and small combo gigs . I've played 50+ years and feel confident in making this bold statement . They're truly remakable .

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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bang for your buck!!

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from Seattle, Wa

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

I just bought a 5*3 that I use mostly for jazz combo and solo work. It's amazing. It's bright, but not too bright. Has just the right amount of edge. Pair it with a good reed and ligature and you'll be in heaven. I'm using the 5*3 with Peter Ponzol 2 1/2 and Alexander Superial 2 1/2 reeds on a Rovner Dark Ligature. I couldn't ask for a better sounding, responsive, or more reasonably priced mouthpiece. It's simply the best bang for your buck!!

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(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very piercing

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from Cincinnati

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

I'm mostly a bari player. Just for fun, I decided to pick my alto up again, and I realized I needed a good mouthpiece. Of the mouthpieces I tried, 7*3 was the best. It cuts through an entire sax section, and sounds good doing it. For any sort of jazz, this is your mouthpiece. Just don't try going into a serious concert band playing this.

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic!!!

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from Colorado

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

At first, I wanted to emulate Dave Koz and Eric Marienthal by buying a Beechler Bellite mouthpiece. My teacher recommended this. It was a fantastic choice. The best thing about this mouthpiece is its flexibility. It can be as harsh as you want, but at the same time you can make it be as soft and fantastic as any smooth jazz artist. I would recommend this mouthpiece to anyone! The setup I found to be the best with this particular mouthpiece is Rico Jazz Select Medium soft Unfiled reeds with an Oleg Mesh Ligature. Muy Bueno!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice cut, great price

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from California

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Comments about Claude Lakey Original Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece:

As a lead player in my high school jazz band, I needed a mouthpiece that can really cut and give me a big, commanding big band sound, but was cheaper than a Beechler or a Meyer. My Claude Lakey 6*3 was perfect for this situation. Not only is it affordable, but from it you can get that bright, edgy sound that's perfect for a lead alto player in any jazz band.

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