CURRENT MODELS (BRIGHTEST TO DARKEST):
Live - The brightest piece I can make that still has
a good solid tone. Original design Inspired by the sound of Norwegian
players Jan Garbarek and Bendik. If you want to dominate a jam session
or horn section, without a thin paint peeler sound, then this is the mouthpiece
Downtown - Inspired by the famous Dave Guardala Mike
Brecker I mouthpiece, and the Dukoff D8/D9 pieces. High baffle for loud
and bright playing. Lets you play over the range of the horn evenly. Medium-large
chamber for a compact focused sound. This is my tribute to my first great
influence and hero, Michael Brecker. This piece replaces the Downtown
Studio, as there was a lot of overlap between the two.
Hudson - Inspired by Berg Larson pieces, especially the
sounds of Lenny Pickett, Sonny Rollins, and Pete Christlieb. (Still
in research phase, only prototype .102 size available)
Naima - Original design using multi faceted baffle.
Inspired by John Coltrane's sound, which he got with a metal Link with
a built-up baffle. This piece seems to get the same kind of vibe. Nice
focused projecting sound. mp3
sample of Naima (KB playing live) Here's a nice
review of the Naima by Ben Britton (has recorded with Chris Potter
). The Naima replaces the original NF and KB models.
Slant (SL) - Inspired by the Otto Link Slant Signature
hard rubber piece. Bright tone, and flexible due to the medium rollover
sample of SL (Nick Franciosa playing in studio) Chamber is medium
sized for a focused sound.
Fat Cat - Thick even sound from the bottom thru the
palm keys, and great altissimo. Mouthpiece of choice of Michael Blake.
It has a fair amount of resistance. Fat, flexible, expressive sound, inspired
by the Otto Link Reso-Chamber design. mp3
sample (KB playing in a studio)
Xtra Dark - Inspired by Selmer hard rubber pieces. Almost
no baffle, introspective sound. Dark, a slight edge, and yet powerful,
without being stuffy. mp3
sample (first class pro playing live at Smoke). Here's a sample of
me playing an Xtra
Dark .104 on a live gig in 2007.
STANDARD TIP OPENINGS
Please inquire to me (Ken) at firstname.lastname@example.org
about custom tip openings.