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The Guardala MBII tenor saxophone mouthpiece helps you capture the fusion sound that defined the 1980s. The Guardala MBII offers plenty of edge but a...Read More

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From sweet to agressive, this mouthpiece helps emulate post-modal jazz tonal properties.

The Guardala MBII tenor saxophone mouthpiece helps you capture the fusion sound that defined the 1980s. The Guardala MBII offers plenty of edge but also reproduces the fat, bottom sound associated with the greatest tenor saxophonists of the last 25 years.

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4.4

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

great

I bought my MB II and it is the greatest sounding mouthpiece in the world. Just put it on your sax and blow one note. You won't be able to put your horn...Read complete review

I bought my MB II and it is the greatest sounding mouthpiece in the world. Just put it on your sax and blow one note. You won't be able to put your horn down. I have tried at least 15 mouthpieces from WWBW and this is the one I have been looking for. Bright, beautiful and easy to play. Frazier

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A bit disappointed

Been playing on a LT King for the past 5 yrs. or so. Got damaged during a gig, so I decided to try out the LT MBII model. Not a terrible mouthpiece,...Read complete review

Been playing on a LT King for the past 5 yrs. or so. Got damaged during a gig, so I decided to try out the LT MBII model. Not a terrible mouthpiece, but not great either. Sounds excellent in the high and low range of the horn...altissimo pops right out, but mid range wasn't very good at all. Tried a variety of reeds, but no resonance at all in the mids - very stuffy sound. If the mids had a nice sound, this piece would be a keeper. It also looks mass produced - the finish had a few blemishes on it, and the plating inside the chamber was very rough. There were some very weird machine cuts inside the chamber also. Frankly, that would not have bothered me had the piece sounded good. Overall, comparing this to an older LT King model, the quality of the King is considerably better. I'll be sending this back, and trying a new LT King next.

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1.0

Come on people, are you serious?

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from Denver, CO

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It might be an unbelievable mouthpiece. I never got to put the MBII to the playing test. Are you serious WWBW for sending out a ligature that you can't put a reed on with? That ligature could barely fit a toothpick, let alone put a reed on! Let me look through my home inventory of ligatures to try to find one that will fit the mouthpiece... or go to the local music store to buy a usable lig for a trial piece. I am embarrassed for WWBW for sending out an incompatible ligature for what might be a great mouthpiece! Get a WWBW product specialist to select a ligature that can be used for this mouthpiece. It might improve your sales for the MBII!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for jazz, popular styles.

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from Boston, MA

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I use this on my old Conn 10m. It seems to smooth out the intonation of these vintage horns well. After finding the right ligature/reed combination, it is easy to play with a good sound in any register or dynamic level. Although it is a VERY bright mouthpiece, I surprisingly have no difficulty darkening it up when needed, producing a tone somewhat similar to an old Otto Link. Guardala's manufacturing seems to be consistent, so finding a good one online is easy. With that being said, this mouthpiece requires a flatter (unwarped) reed and steadier embouchure than many modern mouthpieces, or else it can get out of control. Other complaints: the silver plating is fragile and the stock ligature doesn't work with the mouthpiece at all.

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5.0

Great CNC mouthpiece

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from LA MESA

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Great CNC'd mouthpiece at a great price. Very consistent. Fantastic sound that can be shaped to fit the style of music.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Big edgy sound but too open

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from Flagstaff, AZ

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Could be a good piece but it is quite open. Puzzling that there are no tip sizing options. I guess they may envision a system with a very soft reed (2.5).

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Overall pretty nice mpc if you find the right one

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from Encinitas, CA

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I wanted to try a mpc that could cut through a bands sound in the rock genre and this one has definitely done just that. This thing is loud, I mean it is really loud. Make sure that when you order this piece you order a few of them for trial because each one is completely different. The first MBII (gold) I tried was extremely free blowing and so bright that I immediately said "nope" not the one and the middle register just sounded thin with no core.Brecker had core throughout all of the registers. The second mouthpiece I tried was much darker and still had the edge. Also, the sound had core in the middle register and a little back pressure which I like.I was sold on #2. The final MBII I tried was bright but not as bright as the first one so that one was a no go for me.This last one had no middle register core to the sound. The plus to all of the MBIIs I tried was that the altissimo register speaks easily and same with the lower register. I can only play this mpc for a limited amount of time because it is so loud.I'm planning on wearing ear plugs when gigging with this mpc.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A bit disappointed

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from Maryland

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Been playing on a LT King for the past 5 yrs. or so. Got damaged during a gig, so I decided to try out the LT MBII model. Not a terrible mouthpiece, but not great either. Sounds excellent in the high and low range of the horn...altissimo pops right out, but mid range wasn't very good at all. Tried a variety of reeds, but no resonance at all in the mids - very stuffy sound. If the mids had a nice sound, this piece would be a keeper. It also looks mass produced - the finish had a few blemishes on it, and the plating inside the chamber was very rough. There were some very weird machine cuts inside the chamber also. Frankly, that would not have bothered me had the piece sounded good. Overall, comparing this to an older LT King model, the quality of the King is considerably better. I'll be sending this back, and trying a new LT King next.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful! All I Could Ask For In A MPC

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from Cyclone, WV

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This review is not over-inflated. This mouthpiece is the real deal! Of course, with that being said, it is safe to say that compared to various mouthpieces I've played over the past years, this one is a 10 compared to the others being a so so 5 or 6, because of how responsive it is, mostly universal with reeds, and is easy to play in various dynamics at command. To switch from a Brilhart Level-Aire(Pre-Selmer) to an MBII is a huge step to say the least, but I never thought that I would fan over a mouthpiece like this, and thinking the mouthpiece keeps taunting, "play me, you know you wanna!" And just like other reviews, the strap ligature is a complete throwaway, I can't even fit the ligature on when putting on a reed. I have even tried two Rovner Ligatures, and it still doesn't do justice compared to a metal ligature. It is also a real tester of one's chops, because even though the mouthpiece is one of most responsive mpc's out there, it also will reveal how well your chops are, which doesn't mean it's hard to play, but it definitely will show you where your weaknesses lie. Pick up a Selmer Paris Metal Mouthpiece Ligature, because it is one of the best fitting and response promoting ligatures, just realize that when you order it here, the Ligature and Cap are SOLD SEPARATELY. Try this piece, you can always return it, but I doubt you will.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing mouthpiece! Ligature?

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from Denton, TX

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This mouthpiece is wonderful. Tons of body with just the right amount of edge for big band and rock and roll gigs. Takes a good bit of practice to keep the chops steady, but is great once you practice and find the right reed. My only gripe is that WW&BW didn't include a working ligature with it. I use my Rovner meant for my HR soprano mouthpiece on it because the included ligature is a horrible Rovner knockoff. Great mouthpiece for a great price.

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(18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best yet

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from Austin TX

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Was not impressed when I first played this MP with the included ligature. Was about to send the MP back when I decided to order a BG metal ligature. What a difference a ligature makes. The ligature that comes with this MP is pretty much a "Throw away". The MBII has just the right balance of edge and body. The sound has a good "core" to it. Intonation is the best I have ever played. Low notes don't honk and the altissimo is easily jumps out.

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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

unbelievable value

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from Gainesville, Fl

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I have played on the Studio mpc for years now and finally was able to order the MBII. It plays like a Guardala. Free blowing, powerful, and in tune. Slightly larger overall sound with a greater ease of blowing. More ballsy in the low register which is pretty amazing since the Studio is a powerful mouthpiece in it's own right. There are sites that have $600 and $700 copies of these mouthpieces, but I don't see the reason to pay more. I am very demanding when it comes to mouthpieces and Guardala has definitely spoiled me. the workmanship on these mouthpieces is flawless to my eye. I have read that, in blinfold tests , the CNC mpc is picked about half the time,in the comparisons with the old handmade pieces, so again, why pay north of $1000 for a funky looking old mpc, when you can have a great looking new one.?

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