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Woodwind Company – New York
These mouthpieces usually have a letter and a number and possibly an asterisk (*)
The number indicates the tip opening. The asterisk indicates a half size (5* = 5.5)
The letters indicate the “resistence curve” of the mouthpiece. These are described below.
“Resistance curve” is the length of the curve from the tip of the mouthpiece to the flat table (shown as “facing curve” in this diagram), as well as the shape of the curve.
Bb and Eb Soprano Clarinet
C – Dance Musicians. The “C” resistance curve was designed especially for those who have a short bite on the mouthpiece. It is widely used by dance musicians who double on the saxophone. C6, C6* and C7 are generally recommended. The extremes such as C8, C9 and C10 are used in special cases.
K – Symphony work. The “K” resistance curve, particularly in numbers 7,8 and 9, is used mostly by symphony men and legitimately schooled clarinetists. Those who become accustomer to “K” facings, and later double on saxophone, will find K10 and K11 best suited to their needs.
B – Student – Although the “B” resistance curve in number 6, 6* and 7 was especially developed for the student, quite a number of dance musicians who have been legitimately schooled favor this face up to B10.
G – All-round for dance band and symphony – The “G” resistance curve is the most flexible all-around facing for dance or symphonic players. Dance men favor G7, G8 and G9, while legitimate clarinetists usually prefer G5, G6 and G6*. The longer length of this curve makes it easier to find suitable reeds, almost any of the medium strengths being adaptable.
N – Free-Blowing – The “N” resistance curve was designed by one of the teachers at the “Juillard School of Music”. It is extremely free blowing and is particularly fine for the beginner or advanced student of the clarinet.
A – Close tip, German Style – The “A” resistance curve, which runs very close tips in relation to length, is usually referred to as the “German style facing”. It requires a strong embouchure to control and, as a rule, is used only by clarinetitst not doubling on saxophone.
Alto and Soprano Saxophones
C – Alto Sax only. Extremely lively, for jazz. – The “C” curve was desined for dance men who play a lot of jazz and strive for extremely live sounds. The “C” is designed for alto saxophone only. Best results are obtained in the “Meliphone Special” bore. Since the “C” curve is rather abrupt and short , it is more open than any of the other facings and therefore C5* and C6 are extremely open. C4 and C4* are the most popular.
B – Standard – All styles. – The “B” resistance curve has been a standard for 25 years and was one of the first to be developed. It is very easy to control and can be played without any overblowing in B5 and B5^ in the “Original Woodwinds” bore. Dance me prefer the “Meliphone Special” bore in combination with this curve.
K – Lead Alto. Best with Meliphone Special. – The “K” series was designed for first alto men. For the best results with this curve, the “Meliphone Special” bore is recommended. The tone quality produced with this conbination is brilliant, and the lead alto player “sits right on top” with a minimum of effort.
G – Small Resistance. Smooth quality. – The “G” curve is somewhat longer than the “K” and has less resistance. It is the preferred mouthpiece of alto men who want a smoother wuality. The popular bore for this facing is either “Sparkle-Aire” or the “Original Woodwind”.
N – Long and smooth. – The “N” curve is rather long and lends itself to very smooth playing. It gives the player a very compact sound and is very easily controlled in all registers.
H – Very Compact. Easily controlled all registers
B – B5 & B5* for students…more open tips for dance band – Best results with the “B” curved are derived in combination with the “Original Woodwind” bore. B5 and B5* are usually recommended for students; B6, B6* and B7 for dance men.
K – Lead Tenor – The “K” resistance curve is the preference of most lead men. It produces a smoothness of sound and lends itself to very soft or very loud playing, while retaining all the beauty and quality of tone for which “Steel Ebonite” mouthpieces are famous.
N – Jazz Tenor; short, open facing – The “N” curve was designed for Jazz tenor men who require the short open facing to obtain more volume. The “Original Woodwind” bore is recommended in “N” facings. “N” tenor sax facings are not usually recommended for beginners.
G – Blends well in section work – The “G” curve, being longer in length, is preferred by the “ride” tenor men. It blends well in section work because of the bigness of tone in the lower registers. “Original Woodwind” or “Sparkle-Aire” bores are recommended.
D – “Latest curve developed” – The “D” curve, developed only recently, was designed for tenor saxophone mouthpieces only and has very rapidly become a favorite of tenor saxophonists. The “Original Woodwind” and Sparkle-Aire” bores are recommended in combination with the “D” curve.
W – Longest lay available – The “W” curve is also an exclusive tenor curve and is very popular in combination with the “Meliphone Special” bore. This is the longest tenor facing available, and makes for remarkable ease of playing in all registers.
Baritone and Bass Saxophone
Two curves “B” and “K” , are recommended in baritone and bass saxophone mouthpieces. These mouthpieces, in the “Original Woodwind” bore are precisely matched to the standard bores of popular makes of baritone and bass saxophones. They are the favorite of all baritone and bass saxophone players. The “B” curve is the most popular and most widely used.
B – Most popular and widely used
K – More Brilliant that “B”
Saxophone Mouthpiece Facing Curves
Best results with the “B” curve are derived in combination with the “Original Woodwind” bore. B5 and B5* are usually recommended for students; B6, B6* and B7 for dance men.
The “K” Resistence curve is the preference of most lead men. It produces a smoothness of sound and lends itself to very soft or very loud playing, while retaining all the beauty and quality of tone for which “Steel Ebonite” mouthpieces are famous.
The “N” curve was designed for jazz tenor men who require a short open facing to obtain more volume. The “Original Woodwind” bore is recommend in “N” facings. “N” tenor sax facings are not usually recommended for beginners.
The “G” curve, being longer in length, is preferred by the “ride” tenor men. It blends well in section work because of bigness of tone in the lower registers.
“Original Woodwind” or “Sparkle-Aire” bores are recommended in combination with the “D” curve.
The “W” curve is also an exclusive tenor curve and is very popular in combination with the “Meliphone Special” bore. This is the longest facing available, and makes for remarkable ease of playing in all registers.
“Meliphone Special” – The “Meliphone Special saxophone mouthpiece has a clarinet designed chamber.
Meliphone chamber with K5 facing = Dick Stabile style mouthpiece.
“36 Chamber” = larger chamber.
The “J” facing is not listed, but here is an Alto Sax J5
Here is an example of the “C” facing on an alto sax mouthpiece
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
WOODWIND CO. MOUTHPIECE MODELS
DICK STABILE – A perfect copy of models used by Dick and his famous orchestra.
A revelation to those looking for the clear brilliant quality made famous by Dick himself.
SPARKLE-AIRE – The new and improved member of the famous mouthpiece group. Already accepted as best suited for the modern scores.
ORIGINAL WOODWIND MODEL – Models familiar to every sax and clarinetist in the world. Famous for long service to musicians wherever tone quality is demanded.
MELIPHONE SPECIAL – Sprecially designed saxophone mouthpieces to answer the demand for clear, cutting power with perfectly controlled intonation. This model is being used in many of the world’s leading orchestras inslucing P. Whitemand’s and Guy Lombardo’s.
All 5 models are made of STEEL EBONITE–which has earned the distinction of being “the perfect mouthpiece material.”