Archiving Saxophone Mouthpiece Designs

Project Team


Because mouthpieces are wear items and susceptible to accidental damage, these vintage mouthpieces are increasingly rare and valuable. Boutique makers produce reproductions, and some are quite good, but the vintage pieces are still more desirable. This Bass Connections team digitally archived the dimensional and material property differences between nominally similar vintage and reproduction mouthpieces to document the differences in playability and tonal character of these mouthpieces.

The Art and Craft of Saxophone Mouthpiece Design

By Matthew Busch, Joshua Socolar, Giavanna Jadick and Maxwell Bartlett

Runner up, Bass Connections 2020 poster competition