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Selmer Paris S80 Series Alto Saxophone MouthpieceA top-quality professional level mouthpiece, the Selmer S80 Series for alto saxophone is popular the world over. Machined from hard rod rubber to assure stability, accuracy and consistent facings, these mouthpieces feature a square cross section in the chamber instead of the conventional arch. It is available in a variety of tips.Model C: Tip: Close (1.60) / Facing: Med (22.00) Model C*: Tip: Medium Close (1.70) / Facing: Medium (22.00)Model C**: Tip: Medium (1.80) / Facing: Medium (22.00)Model D: Tip: Medium (1.90) / Facing: Medium (22.00)Model E: Tip: Medium Open (2.00) / Facing: Medium (22.00)Model F: Tip: Medium Open (2.20) / Facing: Medium (22.00)Model G: Tip: Open (2.40) / Facing: Medium (22.00)
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the c* makes a great classical mouthpiece. none come close to it. great for classical music, it will really improve your tone. I play this with a rovner ligature and vandoren strength 3 reeds. the only thing I don't like is that it can be a pain to clean. no other mouthpieces I've had are as hard as this one to keep clean, don't know why either.
This mouthpiece is truly amazing. I have had mine for seven months now and have had absolutely No problems. It is truly the best I have played on. I purchased the C*. It is definitely the mouthpiece for any player and especially the one who is ready to take their music to the next level. I am definitely not ashamed of this purchase. You may not be ready to spend this much money on your music, but it is definitely worth it. You will immediately notice the tone quality change. YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!
All new Saxes come with "junk" mouthpieces because they know that the buyer will eventually buy their own mouthpiece. I recommend this S80 / C* "C star" opening as a great starter. It's worth the money especially if you have invested in a new sax or a pro vintage Mark VI. I'm a private teacher and I have parents of young students buy this mouthpiece because it's noticeable right away that the tone is darker, more mellow, more pleasing to the ear. Even parents who know nothing about music or the sax notice the difference. The reason is that the mouthpiece is made of hard rubber - not plastic. To add to my previous comment - I will even have students as young as 5th, 6th grader buy this because some of my students have chair placement tests even at that young age and when they test well - it's encouraging to them, they enjoy music, they practice more! So if you are going to invest in buying a sax, stretch your pocketbook out just a little more for this mouthpiece. Don't be cheap - it's that old saying - "penny wise, pound foolish? (Later add a Meyer mouthpiece for jazz when the player matures). Hope this helps!
Thru my 21 years playing saxophone I've tried lots of different mouthpiece brands and models. When I play my Selmer S80 C*, I can feel the difference in playing free, with a nice and warm sound and really easy low register. I recommend this mouthpiece to all of my students.
This mouthpiece I can truthfully say far exceeded my expectations as a musician in terms of endurance and the maintaining the amazing quality of tone!!!! I understand that the muscles of ones mouth has quite a bit to do with the tone but there comes a time when the mouthpiece is an even larger factor. When I play through this mouthpiece sound and pitch are not even an issue for me! I can just concentrate on the music at hand. Since playing with this mouthpiece I have developed more of a sweet, clear, and solid sound!!! These are my honest opinions of this mouthpiece's effect on my playing and from the general public that I have conversed with!!!! This mouthpiece works with all types of musical genre as I have played different styles and can say it absolutely met my needs of a new approach in my new style of playing!
Before i bought this mouthpiece i was playing on a Yamaha 4c. Then i was to upgrade. I went to my local music store and tried out mouthpieces i narrowed it down between a Vandoren and this selmer. but i chose this one because it gave me a very good steady sound, very good intonation.
I play alto sax and I am already outgrowing this mouthpiece. It is only slightly dark and bright. The main problem for me is the tip is too small. The sound is not dark enough for me however it is a great mouthpiece. If you are a player looking to upgrade from a 4c it is the perfect mouthpiece. Why? Because it is easy to play, will sound great in a band or solo setting. However don't use it for marching band. The mouthpiece will suffer. I haven't and never will. However if you are a person with a vandoren mouthpiece don't change. Its not as dark as vandoren mouthpieces.
This is an amazing mouthpiece...by far the best classical mouthpiece made for the alto saxophone. It provides a great sound, your low B flat and High F# come out so easily!!! I highly recommend this mouthpiece to any serious classical musician. Use this website...it is over one hundred dollars cheaper here!!!
This mouthpiece is fantastic for the junior high and high school player. It gives you just the sound you need to be successful on auditions and sound warm,dark, and well rounded playing with your wind ensemble.
It shouldn't be used for Jazz band because it lacks the projection and flexibility you need.
I had much success with this through college. But when playing improve and jazz you need something with a larger opening and chamber.
I recommend it to all my students and they are very successful with this no matter what sax they are playing pro level or student.
So if you are in school or just want the best sound for your auditions for legit, concertos, or wind ensemble don't hesitate and buy this mouthpiece and do a lot of long tones!
The C* is still the best classical sax mouthpiece. If you are playing anything from solo works to concert band music this is the sound you want. The sound is full-bodied and slightly dark. If you own only one classical mouthpiece make it this one. Incidentally, as with any mouthpiece, order more than one of the same model to try out as they all will play a little different (manufacturing tolerances?).