Comparison sound without and with mouthpiece

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    In search of my own sound, I focus on the maximum approximation to the human voice, like a saxophone or a trumpet. Different configurations of the mouthpiece affect the brightness of quasi talking articulation ,   which is clearly audible and visible: :
    Hohner 32 without&with mouthpiece

    Hence the natural conclusion that tubes of different configurations should also influence sound, although to a lesser extent. Now I think I made a mistake when played Hohner st 32 without mouthpiece . A tube with attached nosepiece completely unsuitable for this purpose.


    It’s a very interesting question how much different mouthpieces influence the sound of the melodica – at least interesting enough to do some experiments…

    I took my Labourdette and recorded a short melody using the following mouthpieces:
    1. No mouthpiece
    2. Labourdette clarinet-style mouthpiece
    3. Suzuki MP-141 mouthpiece
    4. Suzuki Andes MP-151 mouthpiece
    5. Suzuki tube MP-113

    While blowing into the mouthpieces keeping them tightly closed (without losing air at the side) I certainly could hear differences during the recording – and so I was quite surprised when I listened to the track afterwards and didn’t notice ANY difference at all. I strongly suspect that hearing these differences is a personal impression depending on the position of the melodica while playing with mouthpieces of different lengths and depending on how much I like certain mouthpieces at all.

    But does that mean that we need different mouthpieces only for our convenience? I continued with my experiment and recorded a second track with a more open position of my lips so that some air could flow out at the side; and suddenly the differences were clearly audible, the more air I let flow at the side the more pronounced the differences became, up to nearly whistlings sounds…

    And if now I would do what you did, Jazzman, and nearly talk into the instrument while playing the differences would be even bigger from mouthpiece to mouthpiece!

    Here’s the recordings:

    Labourdette_different mouthpieces


    But does that mean that we need different mouthpieces only for our convenience

    Why not? Any saxophonist has a set of different mouthpieces for different sounds.


    Yes, I agree with that completely!


    Comparison – Hammond 44 , Suzuki 37 Pro

    Hammond 44 ; Suzuki 37 Pro

    Hammond 44:
    1. Without mouthpiece
    2. With hard tube
    3. With short mouthpiece

    Suzuki 37 Pro:
    1.Without mouthpiece
    2.With short mouthpiece
    3.With a slightly longer mouthpiece

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