Selmer “Triple S” Air Flow Mid-1920’s Alto Sax Mouthpiece
SOLD – May, 2014
I used Wanne’s Mouthpiece Museum website:
to date this to the mid-1920’s. According to him, by the late 1920’s they had dropped the metal ring and gone to the scroll shank. And again according to Wanne, the Triple S logo refers to “Selmer Super Sax”.
So…if this was made in 1924, that’d make this mouthpiece 90 years old.
This mouthpiece would make a great classical piece, dark with a beautiful fundamental tone.
This mouthpiece does have the scooped-out (concave) interior sidewalls, giving it a large chamber, but it also has a substantial rollover baffle, adding to the projection. The result is a solid core with good projection.
The throat is round (not square like an S-80, nor arched like a Soloist). It steps down from the shank bore (where the corked neck goes) into the chamber, which adds to the mouthpiece’s lively response.
I measure the tip opening at 0.064 inches (1.63mm) and the facing length at 23mm.
The last three photos are close-ups showing a nick in the tip rail. But if you look at the tip rail from the reed table side, as seen in this photo, the nick does not extend into the part of the tip rail where the reed touches it. Consequently the nick does not impact the playing characteristics of the mouthpiece.
Shipping to continental US via USPS Priority Mail is $6.00, but shipping insurance is another $6.00, totaling $12 for shipping.
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