A ceramic soprano sax mouthpiece…

stoneware ceramic mouthpieceThought I’d just about seen everything, but a ceramic mouthpiece ?

Now I have seen everything.  Just love the comment “….please be sure to have your neck cork “resized” if the mouthpiece is to tight – DO NOT FORCE THE MOUTHPIECE ONTO THE NECK CORK”  Seems sensible.

Click on the picture for the ebay listing…   UPDATE – The mouthpiece sold for $202.50 with 51 bids – and now there is a  “Ceramic Alto mouthpiece – specs of NY Meyer”  listed.  Maybe the way ahead is ceramic ?

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8 Responses to A ceramic soprano sax mouthpiece…

  1. soybean says:

    Hmmm… interesting. Looks kind of primitive and old but he says it’s a new mouthpiece. “surface density?” The proof’s in the pudding as they say. If it sounds good, it is good.

  2. al says:

    Yes, I remember smoking ceramic pipes in the 60’s – revolutionary new idea to replace briar, heralded as the modern “clay pipe reborn”. Clean, smooth, cool, trendy – and one over-enthusiastic tap against an ashtray meant “off to the shop” to get a replacement… 😦

  3. Lewis Pelham says:

    I have seen ceramic valves used experimentally in car engines for reasons of light weight and “structural integrity” when subjected to heat.
    I would imagine that other parameters are more valid with regard to mouthpieces…but you never know.

  4. al says:

    I can well imagine ceramic being used in a controlled situation, as it was used (briefly) for pipe production because it could easily handle burning tobacco heat – but the thought of a ceramic mouthpiece accidentally ‘clunking’ a door-frame or a mic-stand on a gig, leaves me full of fear… It’s the fact that ceramic doesn’t dent or bruise, just seems to shatter – I’d always need to carry superglue !

  5. Gandalfe says:

    It’s all about how it sounds unless you are a collector, right? ;o)

  6. Dave says:

    It’s the usual complete rubbish foisted on the gullible by people wanting to “create a market”. If you believe this, then you’ll believe that gold plated ligatures produce a “warmer tone” than nickel plated ones. Or that de-lacquering your sax makes it sound different. (oh no it doesn’t, Selmer Mk VI owners !!!) A sax is a vibrating column of air, a mouthpiece is a chamber – if there is ANY effect from the material it’s made out of, you’ll need an oscilloscope to detect it. It might produce a psychological effect – some “hi fi bores” in the 70’s used to claim they could hear mains hum, or detect microscopic differences if they changed connectors between hi-fi and amp……. no, they just *thought they could”. Pursing your lips in a slightly different manner will produce more of a noticeable response than changing the material your mouthpiece is made of.

  7. Mal-2 says:

    Changing the material to something hard like a ceramic could have an effect on what the player hears, since it might affect what goes up through the skull and into the ears by bone conduction. This would be entirely confined to the player though, and something soft like a bite patch would probably negate any advantage — and you’d want one, as ceramic + teeth is probably not a good long term move. Ceramic might also be good for not sticking to the player as much as metal in freezing conditions, but hard rubber would be better still so that’s probably not a good enough reason.
    💡

  8. Eric says:

    Glass mouthpieces have had some popularity with clarinet players- probably would have a similar tone.

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