We believe every player should have access to the best mouthpieces.
Collect Them All
The mouthpieces that we pick for modeling are the best of the best. You don’t have to try 10 mouthpieces to find a good one anymore! We now offer my favorite New York Meyer Alto mouthpiece, two different Otto Link Reso Chamber models in a range of tips, my favorite Otto Link Slant Signature Tone Edge, as well as Reso C melody pieces in a range of tips.
Finding a really special mouthpiece is an almost magical experience. It opens up new sonic possibilities that were previously closed. One of the joys of operating GetASax for the past decade+ has been chasing down those rare, holy grail sorts of mouthpieces, and getting to know their unique personalities. I remember buying my favorite Otto Link Reso Chamber from a wonderful player in Europe. For me, that mouthpiece is just so comfortable to play. The facing is perfect, done by the incomparable Freddie Gregory. The baffle is just right – dark but not too dark. Brightens up when you push it. Responds effortlessly. Takes air beautifully. Marvelous.
Even back then, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if more people could experience this?” Trouble is, this is a $1500+ mouthpiece! Many of the best pieces are now $1500-$2500 for the clean examples, if you can even find one at all! What we need is an affordable way to get this sort of mouthpiece to anyone who wants to try one! Enter 3D printing!
So my personal Reso Chamber became the first mouthpiece that we copied for this project: The GS Reso. It was first, not because it’s the most desirable, but because it’s the piece I know best. I needed to be 100% sure that the GS RESO plays just like the original, and it does!
We have now added more of the best mouthpieces ever:
GS SLANT: Otto Link Florida Slant Signature Tone Edge tenor
GS NEW YORK: Meyer Bros NY alto that has the sparkle of the original.
GS MARK II: Modern, balanced, crisp Freddie Gregory Super Deluxe Mark II tenor copy.
GS RESO C Melody: The best C melody mouthpiece ever made. Tunes amazingly well on vintage C Melody saxophones and makes them sound like a real saxophone.
GS MODEL A: M.C. Gregory Model A copy, like Paul Desmond and Art Pepper played. Dry martini sound that people love from tracks like Take Five. Needs a hard reed and small tip for best results.
GS SUPERSONIC: Nice bright tenor mouthpiece that is a 50’s Dukoff Supersonic / Zimberoff House of Note) copy. Sort of like a hard rubber Dukoff Hollywood but a little brighter, and sort of like an Otto Link Early Babbitt, but richer and better.
GS BRILHART EBOLIN/TONALIN ALTO
GS GALE HOLLYWOOD BARITONE
As with everything at GetASax, the trial period is 7 days, there is no restocking fee.
Experience the Magic
Bad gear can really mess up your sound and steal your joy in playing.
My estimate is that about HALF of players are being held back by their mouthpieces. Particularly by poorly faced mouthpieces. The major brands of modern mouthpieces are no longer made with good quality control in place. So you buy a new Selmer, Berg Larsen, Dukoff, Otto Link, Meyer, or whatever, and you get…who knows what? Maybe you get a good one, but chances are, you don’t! You might think the problem is YOU. But it’s really a bad mouthpiece. A poor facing can easily make the horn feel stuffy and dead, or make your reeds all feel bad, or your low register won’t come out, or your upper register is too harsh, or you can’t play altissimo.
Mouthpiece geometry is unforgiving. It has to be precise to the thousandth of an inch or better. That’s why so many players waste so much money buying so many mouthpieces that are disappointing.
The purpose of the GS Mouthpieces project is to let you skip all that wasted time and money and start with the best. The mouthpieces we pick to model are the best players I have ever come across. The holy grail pieces that I couldn’t let go. And using cutting edge technology plus careful hand finishing we are bringing you the real deal.
Now, you can experience the magic of the best mouthpieces for yourself.
The GS Reso is the best mouthpiece I bought in the last 20 years. Great job guys!!
Brian – got my GS Reso today. Wow! I’ve tried other Reso copies and your blows them away hands down. I was a little skeptical but for $199 figured why not. It’s a spectacular mouthpiece. Every bit as good as you said and for less than half the cost of other copies. Congrats on a job well done. A tremendous mouthpiece as well as a tremendous value! Here is a sample I did on Old Folks: https://rb.gy/kdclab
The mpc is awesome. It doesn’t feel like a 7* at all. I play a 2,5 reed and it seems like the perfect match.
I have a vintage Ponzol 110 which Freddie refaced some years ago before he passed away. I think I can feel his work. Same good playability up and down the entire registers.
Can’t wait for the next model you will have in your vintage series.
I had high expectations of the GS RESO, simply due to the Freddie refacing. I’m happy to say that the GS RESO doesn’t disappoint in any way! There’s a certain comfort to this mouthpiece that few pieces have, both with ergonomics and resistance. Free blowing mouthpieces are great, as long as there’s something to keep you in check, and the GS RESO has that magical level of resistance that’s on point. The beak angle also keeps you in check with your embouchure. It would be difficult to play this mouthpiece incorrectly.
As promised, the GS RESO provides a full, robust, dark sound that can be pushed to punch through. What’s fun is the versatility it exudes – you choose the timbre you want that’s correct for the music you play, from Lester Young to Michael Brecker, just by utilizing the personal nuances you use to emulate their sounds.
There’s no doubt that Mr. Otto Link had the skills to create the best playing tenor sax mouthpieces in his time – just look at the number of manufacturers who offer their versions of his acclaimed holy grail mouthpieces. With the GS RESO, I feel like I am actually playing an Otto Link Reso Chamber that was refaced by Freddie Gregory. Yes, it’s *that* good.
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