||Available July 2021
The new Yardbird model alto saxophone mouthpiece is available for pre-order in sizes six, seven and eight! Although not making it to full production by the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Parker as I had hoped, we are finally shipping the first of these out. This has been the most difficult and for me, the most important mouthpiece I have developed. I have been chasing aspects of, or my version of this sound for well over 40 years with very limited success! It is difficult to try to convey with words how important Bird is to me musically but to quote him from his tv appearance “Music speaks louder than words“ and although he set the bar so very high, those of us who love his music pay tribute to him every time we play! This is a sincere effort of creating a piece that offers a sound closer than anything available to the Bell metal brass cast London Selmer which he played from late ‘49 on and has all the elements of power, cut, warmth, and that full, dark, Tenor-like woodiness that we all love!
This mouthpiece now includes a ligature as well.
It is my hope that this piece will help and even inspire those who love Bird as I do to strive to reach even closer to the spirit and sound he blessed us with. A very special thanks to Jesse Davis and John Bowes for their generosity in providing the original London Selmer pieces for the design inspiration.