My Friend:

This mouthpiece is the only one that is authorized to carry my

signature. It is an exact replica of the mouthpiece I have used since I began

concertizing. The tone quality I produce with it has won universal acclaim.

Yet it differs distinctly from what is often called “a saxophone tone.”

 

This mouthpiece is offered with only one facing. This is neither an

oversight nor a matter of economy. It is the result of countless

experiments with professionals and students. The facing of a mouthpiece

can be changed to favor most aspects of playing, such as high register,

low register, brilliance, volume, easy response, etc. But any such favor

must be bought with a proportionate decrease in some other characteristic.

This tends to produce an unbalanced tone quality. And because

experiments on mouthpieces during the last few decades were aimed at

increased brilliance and certain “edge” in the tone, the main loser in the

bargain was the tone’s expressive beauty. And over all the ado about

facings, we have almost forgotten the interior dimensions.

 

Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, was very specific about

this: so much so that he included a sketch of it on his patent letter, as you

can see below: a stubby, almost bulky mouthpiece, permitting a large,

barrel-shaped tone chamber. And in the accompanying text he pointed out

that the proportions on all saxophone mouthpieces should be the same.

 

Allow yourself at least eight weeks of daily study with your new

mouthpiece before forming an opinion on the improvement in your tone.

Do not alternate with your old mouthpiece. Don’t be discouraged if it may

seem to require greater effort at first. The reward is bound to come in the

form of a smooth, rich tone, that blends well with other instruments, and

gives that distinct expressiveness in solo playing, of which only the

saxophone is capable. And you will help to fulfill one of the aims of

Adolphe Sax: to add a new color to the noble heritage of musical culture.

 

My royalties from these mouthpieces go 100% into a fund to aid

education in our schools.

 

Sincerely yours,
Sigurd M. Rascher