The Saxscape Live tenor sax mouthpiece is a fusion of high-baffle power with Otto Link-like depth. Proven on stages and recording studios in New York City and Las Vegas, the Live can hold its own in the most demanding sonic situations. Danny Walsh will be playing the .110 opening Live during his upcoming performances with Mike Stern at the 55 Bar NYC, December 26 through 31, 2018.
"The magnificent Live mouthpiece from Saxscape gives me a versatility which is unmatched by anything else I've played. The tone has the depth and warmth needed for straight ahead jazz playing, and also possesses a modern edginess which I find perfect for R&B and funk. Thanks to Ken Barry for this great piece!"
- Danny Walsh, New York City
"...All I can say is WOW!
You've created a winner.
Thank you so much and please keep me in the loop as far as your other creations in the future.
I can't thank you enough!"
- Jimmy Haag, Las Vegas
I'll try not to go off to deep into the superlatives or gush too much. I can't count the times I've liked a new mouthpiece at home and then once it comes to being on stage playing with a live band through a PA when what you loved at home is just not happening or lost in the mix/acoustics or whatever. I just finished playing 4 hour gigs , 2 days in a row. One outdoors at a Crawfish festival and then today indoors for a wedding reception in a very live...reverby setting, it was building that is shaped like a barn, concrete floor and wood ceilings. BTW the keyboard player is a saxophonist too. His comment after I did sound-check today was "Dude that is the most fluid, liquid tone I think I've ever heard". Mind you this is a cat from New Orleans that I can assure you has heard a ton of master blasters. More important than getting compliments man I loved playing this mouthpiece. It really played with good evenness whether high, mid or low. Articulation, personality and expression just all there with excellent control...never felt like the piece was getting away from me, yet had all the projection, power and sizzle I wanted when increasing volume.
As strange as this is going to sound about an inanimate object, usually I feel like I'm trying to "get" the mouthpiece, in the case of the Live I feel like this mouthpiece "gets" me and how I am wanting a piece to behave, perform. I know it's going to continue to get better the longer I am playing on it.
I just finished 2 long ass hard blowing gigs and I still feel fresh, I still feel like I could play a couple more hours right now, no problem. Over the years I've had several of your mouthpieces Ken, all of them good and of merit. That stated this is the best mouthpiece I've had that you made. You have been so generous to all of us players with your great prices for your prototype pieces....so bearing in mind how much less other pieces have cost..your prices are not a reflection of what you could have charged or value/worth. Let me just say I paid over 3 times what I've gotten some of your other pieces and buddy, the Live is worth every cent, in fact it is an exceptional value in comparison to market price for hand made and finished/faced out there. So pleased, fantastic mouthpiece, you really designed a great winner here for players like me that are playing real world cover band, wedding/event band gigs where we have to cover a wide variety of oldies and current popular music...not real book gigs. This is the piece not only for greats like Danny Walsh playing jazz clubs but those of us playing all sorts of different clubs, festivals and event halls.
Well I was planning to just write a couple of sentences to state I like how the mouthpiece plays on gigs as much as my home. Happier than I had anticipated plus the facing of .108 is just right. At first after briefly playing at home I was thinking I might want it to be a little more open since it is such an efficient design but after some long blowing sessions if it were more open I would be wanting the .108 instead of something bigger....this piece "gets" me and fits me well. For reeds I'm playing Rigotti Gold Jazz 3M.
Thanks again, Mark
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