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Professional quality mouthpiece designed by an active player.

E. Rousseau New Classic Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
The E. Rousseau New Classic alto mouthpiece features an enhanced choice of facings to meet the demands of virtually any alto player. Features include a redesigned chamber with a unique baffle and sidewalls to provide an even more centered tone, a fresh tip rail for a more precise reed fit, and a longer shape for a more secure fit and easier tuning.

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"Excellent upgrade for any student or professional"

by Greg Maiocco - 6/22/2010 1:41:10 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active player, teacher Jazz, Blues, Rock, Orchestral Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I have used a Rascher alto mouthpiece since 1972 for orchestral, concert band and wind ensemble work and have never received a complaint from conductors. One of my students started using a Rousseau NC4 and I was impressed with the sound; it's the closest to the Rascher that I've heard with more projection, perfect for the concert band or wind ensemble as it blends well with other instruments.I now recommend this mouthpiece for all of my private students.

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"A great mouthpiece"

by Todd Jones - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
6 years in concert and jazz ensemble Carmel
30 people out of 32 found this review helpful

I love this mouth piece. I played on some Yamaha for quite some time and hated (it) - sound, pitch and it required so much effort to get a sound out of it and play notes such as a high E or F. I needed a different mouthpiece. I talked to my band instructor about ordering a new and he recommended the Selmer C* and this E Rousseau New Classic. I researched prices and read reviews and what I found is that the E Rousseau has a darker and richer tone and excellent control that makes it a lot easier to play. Well after numerous hours on the computer I came to the conclusion that this is what I wanted. I ordered it, hoping the mouthpiece would arrive a few days in advance for the winter concert. And so it did, I played in concert band for the first time and amazingly got a real satisfying sound for the first time. I adjusted quickly to the mouth piece and even played on it in the winter concert the following day. My band teacher and I (are pleased).

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"Very nice!"

by Neal - 2/26/2010 9:21:03 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
hobbyist, orchestral player Various church styles marietta, ga
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I tested this alto sax mp (NC5) side by side with a Vandoren Optimum and a metal mp similar to the Otto Link. Both of the HR pieces used a Rovner lig and 2.5 reed. The metal mp had great projection and volume. Certainly the loudest and edgiest of the three. The Rousseau was more mellow and easier to play, and still had decent volume. The Vandoren was in between the two - quite loud and edgy for a HR mp. For orchestra work, the Rousseau will blend nicely, and for mellow solo (not rock or jazz) work it would also do a fine job. The Vandoren would be better for rock/jazz music, and a good choice if a metal mp was just too much volume/edge.

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by Justin - 12/6/2010 6:25:18 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
dedicated student jazz, classical Poway

I have been playing on a C* for the past four or five years, and i was satisfied with the sound. Recently, though, I heard from my teacher that these E. Rousseau mouthpieces were worth trying, so I tried out the 5R and the NC4 on a V16 3 1/2. The 5R, which i tried first, was more responsive in the low register, but the altissimo range was slightly more difficult than usual. It also had an airy tone. The NC4, on the other hand, gave me the best tone I have ever had, and the best low register I have ever had, with the small expense of a less-responsive altissimo register (which, by the way, had better tone once I finally got the notes out). All in all, this NC4 is the best classical mouthpiece I have ever played on.

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"Get a Selmer S-80 C* instead."

by Chuck - 8/15/2011 3:42:10 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Hobbyist Classical Richmond, VA
0 people out of 1 found this review helpful

I read other reviews on how the low notes were easier on this piece than the S-80, but that wasn't my experience. It does play a little louder than the Selmer. Another concern was none of my ligatures fit this mouthpiece correctly. They were too small as this piece is really thick. There are better mouthpieces out there, like the Brilhart, that are cheaper.

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"Great Mouthpiece"

by Zach - 12/26/2010 4:40:45 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Junior in High School Classical and Jazz Grand Junction, CO
0 people out of 1 found this review helpful

I've had a Rousseau mouthpiece before on Soprano and didn't really like it other than taking away the stuffiness a bit on middle C. After meeting Anna Marie Wytko at a local Honor Band that she was the guest artist of, she recommended this mouthpiece. This mouthpiece is great, the tone quality is fantastic, especially paired with my Cannonball Alto. The intonation is astounding all the way up into the altissimo which comes out better than any mouthpiece that I've owned, even my metal Yanigisawa. I highly recommend this mouthpiece to anyone wanting a new mouthpiece to better their tone quality or wanting a better mouthpiece overall. The price is fantastic for this quality of mouthpiece.

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"Great Classical Mouthpiece..."

by Lindsey Daniels - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student Jazz, classical, symphony Alabama
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

This mouthpiece is by far the smoothest and sweetest sounding classical mpc I've ever played on. I'm big into jazz, but I really needed a good classical mpc for symphonic season. This one is the one to buy. The sound is pure and clear. I use this mpc on my Yanigasawa 991 Alto along w/ hemke reeds. It's a great combination. This mpc takes some breaking in, but then again what mpc doesn't?! This is by far the best of the best.

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"Great Mouth piece"

by Dan - 2/16/2011 6:25:07 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
hobbyist Jazz San Antonio, Texas
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Just received my new NC4 mouthpiece, and am very satisfied. I am a novice player and feel that I am sounding much better with less effort. If you are looking to upgrade your mouthpiece I highly recomend the NC4.

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"Best classical piece I've found"

by Jaron - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
UNT Grad, Private teacher, performer Classical, jazz, pop Dallas, Tx
18 people out of 19 found this review helpful

NC4 is a great mouthpiece. Much easier to play quietly than with a C* S80. More back pressure at high volumes due to smaller tip opening, but a small price to pay for a darker sound (fewer high overtones) more appropriate for classical playing. Easier to use stiffer reeds than with a C*. Big improvement over the original R Series Rousseau mouthpiece. Also compared to Selmer Larry Teal model and a few Vandoren pieces, and prefer the NC4.

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"Great Mouthpiece"

by Joel Sandford - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Saxophone Major at University Classical and Jazz Idaho
12 people out of 13 found this review helpful

I have tried numerous mouthpieces, from the Selmer C* (both s80 and s90 facings) to Morgan?s, and I have found that none give the tone quality and response that the Rousseau NC4 gives. It is truly and exceptional mouthpiece, and something worth looking at, especially if you aren't pleased with the C* line of mouthpieces as I was. Not only do I find this to be true, but a good portion of my Saxophone Studios prefers the Rousseau line of mouthpieces over the Selmer's.

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