Best Tenor Saxophones Mouthpieces in 2020



Vandoren SM722 TL4 Optimum Series Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review:


I'm going with this over the Vandoren V5 T25 series. While I really loved the sound of the V5, I just didnt have the "air" for it. Even with a softer reed. I'm a total beginner btw. The sound of this isn't quite like the V5, but still nice. I moved up from a Yamaha 5c due to the Yamaha having a terrible cut on the facing / table, making it impossible to use. Oh I'm sure it was just a bad one out of many good ones, but also I just don't see the point in putting a $25 dollar mouthpiece on an expensive sax. Yes even a beginner can tell the difference. If your having trouble with consistent sound out of your hunk of metal, maybe its not you? It could very well be that cheap mouthpiece your using! It was "weak link" for me anyways. Oh I still have a very long road ahead, but the mouthpiece issue is behind me now!



Vandoren SM823E T7 V16 Ebonite Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review:


This MPC is a complete turnaround for me Having played a Dukoff D8 for over 30 years in small groups, I needed something that would blend better with a big band sax section, and I found it!

The sound of the V16 is big, yet controlled. It produces a full, vibrant but not brassy, tenor sound. It is easily controlled top to bottom, and for me the most important part: it plays in tune! I'm able to match tone and pitch in all registers, yet sing through on solos when the time comes.

I'm also using the same MPC on alto which makes switching very easy - something I do in two bands. I'm considering getting one next for bari.



Vandoren SM721 TL3 Optimum Series Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review:


I'm going with this over the Vandoren V5 T25 series. While I really loved the sound of the V5, I just didnt have the "air" for it. Even with a softer reed. I'm a total beginner btw. The sound of this isn't quite like the V5, but still nice. I moved up from a Yamaha 5c due to the Yamaha having a terrible cut on the facing / table, making it impossible to use. Oh I'm sure it was just a bad one out of many good ones, but also I just don't see the point in putting a $25 dollar mouthpiece on an expensive sax. Yes even a beginner can tell the difference. If your having trouble with consistent sound out of your hunk of metal, maybe its not you? It could very well be that cheap mouthpiece your using! It was "weak link" for me anyways. Oh I still have a very long road ahead, but the mouthpiece issue is behind me now!



Aibay Gold Plated Bb Tenor Saxophone Metal Mouthpiece with Cap + Ligature #6 Review:


I bought this on a whim, but I was very surprised at the quality and playability of this piece. Quite edgy, but with some fatness there, too. I had to reshape the lig that came with it, but it works very well now. I liked it enough to try it at a gig, and I have played on Dukoff, Berg, Link, Vandoren, Beechler, Lakey, Daddario, etc,etc. But for me, It didn't place well in the mix, and I am also the sound man for my band. My every day mouthpiece is a stock 7* Otto Link STM metal. I used the Aibay on 1 song, and had to go back to the Link, mainly because it just sounded too thin for me, but I did feel fairly comfortable on it, and for $45, it is incredible. Not as shreiky sounding as a Dukoff or Lakey, but for me, not enough fatness or bottom to balance out the edge. For a student looking to step up to a contemporary, slightly edgy piece, I highly recommend this. Also, I would add, that this piece plays more like a 5 or 6 opening, compared to my 7* Link. Believe it or not, I actually liked this piece better than the Daddario 7 that I bought recently. The Dadarrio flat out refused to play altissimo with the fibracel reeds that I use, and while it did have a powerful sound, it didn't have much color or character, and I had to change my embouchure to make it work.



J&D Hite H118 Premiere Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Review:


It’s plastic, but sounds good. Can’t beat it for the price. Use with D’Addario Select Jazz reeds and you won’t be disappointed. Wish I could find a Rovner ligature that fits it. My 2R does not and a 3R is way too big.
UPDATE: Worked with Rovner to find ligature that fit. Turns out a 2R does fit; maybe mine was just not labeled correctly or something.



Rico Graftonite Tenor Sax Mouthpiece, A5 Review:


Bought it based on other reviews and really how far could you go wrong for this price. Replacing a cheap US Selmer MP. Here's what I really like, it has a middle or the road response. That may sound like a negative but what it really means it that it is somewhere between my Berg Larsen metal MP and my Selmer S80 C*. The Berg is bright and bold and the Selmer is smooth and creamy. The Graftonite C7 can play edgy or smooth depending on how much you push it. So if you knew you were going to play smooth jazz or classical you may choose the Selmer. If you knew you were going to rock out you might pick the Berg but the Rico Graftonite can do both. Throw in the price of $20 or so bucks vs. $150+ and it's pretty impressive. Wish I had one of these in my school days but didn't know any better.



Rico Metalite Tenor Sax Mouthpiece, M7 Review:


I am using this as a professional mouthpiece. I have been told by those that hire me they like my sound. My range is two octaves higher than the high Eb. I have tried expensive mouthpieces and they are excellent but since I am not as rich as some people I can't afford $300.00-$700.00 for a mouthpiece and since I have been playing this Rico I have lost all motivation to put the money aside for something that can be lost and is devastatingly hard to recover all because I got use to playing something expensive. Eventually the musician is not just the customer but someone who has to pay dues to get where they are. I follow the k.i.s. method when I practice and get use to the same mouthpiece, and the same horn. It makes things easier for me and my response is quicker because of familiarity.



Yamaha YAC 1292 Standard Series 5C Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece (YAC1292) Review:


Good basic mouthpiece. Bought it to replace the standard Jupiter mouthpiece that came with my new Jupiter tenor 586 sax. Been happy with it so far. Heard good things about the Yamaha mouthpieces as a beginner mouthpiece and wanted to get as solid a start as I could with my instrument. The 5c was recommeded over the 4c by several music stores I trust, so went with that instead of the 4c which may be more popular.



Selmer Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece (7713) Review:


Oh my..... I had no idea a mouthpiece would make such a difference. Bought my first tenor sax at the end of Feb. I've been playing for less than 6 mos... but instructor said, "you are not going to get the big sound you are looking for, until you invest in something like a Selmer C*" Had bought my sax on Amazon and took it to a local place and had it checked out... all good, tried lots of mouthpieces, but only found the leather ligature made a difference for me. Six months later--- I have been reminded that I tried the mouthpieces before I learned to play sax. I agreed, but I wasn't prepared to spend over $150 for a mouthpiece, yet - so I tried this one. I obviously can't compare to the C*, but I can say that it is an amazing improvement over the stock mouthpiece that comes with my tenor. I have a fuller tone and my low notes are huge! Thank you! This will keep me playing until next year when I've proven I am a player, not just a learner. Until then, I am VERY HAPPY with this mouthpiece.