Drake JAZZ Alto (VRJA) Saxophone Mouthpiece Review
This week we are reviewing the Drake JAZZ Alto (VRJA). Tip opening 6 (.080”). The setup used to test play this mouthpiece was a Cannonball Big Bell Stone series alto saxophone & Rigotti Gold #3 reed.
This mouthpiece is completely hand-made in New Jersey, USA by Aaron Drake, who personally hand faces and finishes every mouthpiece.
The JAZZ Alto (VRJA) has several similarities to the vintage New York Meyer mouthpieces, but features many customizations which I will mention below.
Sound & Intonation
I consider this piece very appropriate for either jazz or R&B soloists. It offers great versatility and it is very free blowing. The combination with my particular instrument creates a very warm and smooth sound which I really like. The lower register specifically sounds beautiful & very easy to play.
I also found the articulation to be easier than on other mouthpieces.
Construction & Ergonomics
The design features a round medium sized chamber, a short rollover baffle with a slight crescent shape & Sculpted Inner Side Walls for a fat & round tone.
One of the most unique features of this mouthpiece is the usage of Drake’s specially engineered vintage resin material that incorporates Ebonite as well as Ceramic. This helps create a clear and responsive sound.
I would recommend this mouthpiece to anyone who is looking for a nice warm and smooth sound. I feel that I can have full control of my instrument when using this mouthpiece. I also believe the price is quite reasonable for being completely hand made in US.
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