Berg Larsen Mouthpieces
The metal ones are actually made from stainless steel. I played on a Berg for quite some time in my early days of playing and really loved it. In fact it was one of the first metal mouthpieces I owned.
You feel great control with a Berg Larsen metal mouthpiece. Most models are a little more slender than other makes and so give a more distinct sound and feel.
To properly select the right one for you, you’ll need to know how they are measured for size. As I talked about in a previous saxophone mouthpiece article, there are 2 main parts of a mouthpiece that vary in size which are the most responsible things that affect your tone:
- tip opening
- tone chamber
The tip opening also known as the facing, is the distance from the very tip of the mouthpiece to the tip of your reed and this distance is measured in thousands of an inch. Beginners should use a smaller tip opening with their first mouthpiece along with a light to light-medium reed strength (1, 11/2, 2).
This type of setup will be easier to play when starting out and a small tip opening mouthpiece can last you a while because as you progress you can use a slightly stronger reed.
The 2nd part is the tone chamber. This is the main body of the mouthpiece and depending how it’s constructed can greatly affect your tone as well. There are a lot of possible shape variations for the inside of the chamber with it’s baffle size, wall, face length etc.
The Berg Larsen Measuring System
The Berg mouthpieces measurements look like this:
The tip opening is measured with numbers from 90 to 130… 90 being very closed and 130 being very opened.
The chamber size is measured from 0 to 3… 0 being a smaller chamber opening giving you an edgier tone and 3 being a larger chamber opening giving you a mellower tone.
So a Berg Larsen mouthpiece that falls into a “medium” would have the numbers 115/1 or 115/2. This means a medium tip opening because the closed is a 90 and the widest opening is 130, so 115 falls right in the middle. The 1 and 2 chamber size is in the middle of 0 and 3.
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