Aizen GR Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
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NEW ALTO MOUTHPIECE FROM AIZEN IN 2015 THE GR MODEL TAKES ITS PLACE IN THE PRO MOUTHPIECE LINUP WITH THE BENEFIT OF YEARS OF TECHNICAL STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT.
From master mouthpiece maker and AIZEN founder Minoru Kubota:
"To make this, we analyzed and broke down the sound of the master alto saxophonist Paul Desmond’s mouthpieces.
This piece combines superb playability with the warmth and softness of Paul Desmond’s sound.
With its slightly curved side wall, low baffle and medium chamber, this piece puts out a rich, dark, warm sound.
It’s also designed for outstanding ease of play, with no feeling of stress. The ASGR Alto Sax Mouthpiece works with all kinds of playing styles. Especially in the middle and higher range, this mouthpiece gets you producing that beautiful dry-Martini Paul Desmond sound."
Made In: Japan
Baffle: Low rollover
Ligature: Not included
Manufacturing Method: Hand made
Recommended for: Jazz Professionals
I was actually quite surprised how much like Desmond's sound it was. The piece is actually very resistant I found, even going to a soft reed on a 6 was still a hard push, which gave it that dry dark sound that Gregorys were famous for. It also accounts for the very centered and focused core it gives, almost like a classical mouthpiece, but the sound around that was much larger with more projection. It is also has quite a lot of top end in the sound as well, not necessarily brightness, but this edge that just floats at the top of the sound which really brings out the top notes. Also the profile of the beak of the mouthpiece is quite thin, like a Berg Larsen, Selmer Concept or Lebayle AT etc, and the tip rail is astoundingly thin which should make for great performance. Interesingly I usually suggest either trying a tip opening larger than normal on an Aizen but I definitely wouldn't try that with this one. Overall an interesting piece, which will have the 'Take 5 sound'. - Matthew - sax.co.uk
All of our instruments are fully checked and set-up by our experienced technicians. Regardless of size or price - all saxophones go through the same process. Here at Sax.co.uk we know that when you buy a sax, our pro set up is absolutley essential to ensure the instrument you're purchasing is playing to it's optimum peformance.
In addition, all new saxophones purchased from us can be returned within a year for a FREE checkover to make sure your saxophone continues to perform its best.
Our 12-Step Checkover:
• All transit packing and corks from the manufacturer are removed.
• Thorough visual check for any imperfections in the finish, includes unlacquered saxophones.
• All pads checked for quality.
• All pad seatings checked using leak lights and traditional feeler paper methods.
• Regulation checked and adjusted.
• All key corks and felts checked, adjusted to set vent heights.
• All spring tensions checked and adjusted to create an even feel across the instrument.
• Neck fitting checked.
• Crook cork checked for cork quality and provided mouthpiece fits.
• Thorough play-test from top to bottom, including alternate fingerings.
• Case inspected for quality, instrument fit and accessories.
• Instrument cleaned and carefully repacked.
Delivery & Returns
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