"Aaron Drake's large chamber soprano mouthpiece is exactly what I was looking for on soprano. It sounds centered, fat and dark."
- Jerry Bergonzi
David Liebman Plays the New Ceramic Chamber Vintage Resin Soprano
"Aaron Drake has definitely thought about what makes a good mouthpiece vibrate in a positive way. Seemingly, the use of ceramic somewhere in the construction of the
piece does the job. Excellently crafted
and innovative at the same time...
Over the years I've played many of the soprano mouthpieces out there and have always gravitated back to my vintage, large chamber Links. Now, Aaron Drake's "Son of Slant" soprano mp has captured the full, resonant, broad sound of the vintage pieces, but with improved response, even resistance, and stability. It sounds like a SAXOPHONE, without the bright, narrow, and nasal tone most pieces get. Finally
- thanks Aaron.
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Bruce Johnstone Plays the Vintage Resin Contemporary Crossover II Bari Model
I had been using the same mouthpiece for thirty plus years and had never felt the need to change until I tried the Drake Vintage Resin Contemporary II. When I played this mouthpieces it was a revelation! Sound in all registers was balanced, and response was clear and immediate.
Control from subtone to triple forte was better than I'd been getting with my metal
mouthpiece without changing the essence and individuality of my sound.Aaron Drake
has created a comfortable responsive mouthpiece design which I can see myself
using for all musical situations for a long time to come.A perfect example of creative
thinking outside the box by an American player / craftsman.
Paul Perez Plays the Vintage Resin Contemporary Alto Model
"Aaron Drake's Contemporary alto mouthpiece is the only mouthpiece I've found that covers the demands of today's saxophonist. If your in the trenches like I am, you've got to be prepared to cover everything from
Hodges to Sanborn to Garrett. Aaron's Contemporary
will do just that. Do yourself a favor, give Aaron
a shout, you'll be glad you did."
Norbert Statchel Plays the Custom Ceramic Alto and Tenor Models
When I came across Drake mouthpieces, I thankfully found very special and unique qualities of timbre, color, response, accuracy, and consistency that have helped me take a giant step towards my goals as a musician.
Mike Mullan Plays the Vintage Resin Contemporary Alto and Tenor Models
-Aaron's mouthpieces are not only beautiful esthetically, but also provide a clean sound, playing ease in all registers and most importantly, they don’t die out in any of the registers. All I can say is that I've tried hundreds of mouthpieces throughout the country and Aaron Drake's mouthpieces are superior, by far. Imagine you could pick and choose the characteristics you’ve come to love from mouthpieces you have used throughout time, now take all those qualities and create your own mouthpiece… THAT'S THIS MOUTHPIECE! Not only does Aaron Drake provide an exceptional product, but they’re also great to work with and provide extraordinary customer service. They understand what musicians want, what they need and expect.
Thanks Aaron for making such an amazing mouthpiece and making it available to me and us musicians. I especially thank you for all the time you put in helping me find the perfect alto, tenor and baritone mouthpiece.
Listen to Mike Mullan Play this model
What Is This Thing Called Love - Live at Smoke NYC - July-1-2010.mp3
Carl Cox Plays the Vintage Resin Jazz Alto Model
I recieved your jazz model alto mouthpiece recently and all I wanted to do was play! I forgot about the equiptment and the reed which is so difficult to do as a saxophone player. The mouthpiece performed beyond my expectations and I have tried many mouthpieces throughout the years. Your knowledge of mouthpieces combined with this new composite has truly benefited my
performances. Thank you for achieving such a wonderful
mouthpiece that allows me to create my own sound.
All my best,
Here is a clip of Carl Cox playing this model with a .085" tip
Here is Matt Vashlishan on the Custom Ceramic Jazz (JTB)
New Testimonials Dec. 2009
I'm excitedly awaiting your next shipment of mouthpieces. But in the meantime I've just got to tell you: I'm really digging this double ring tenor piece. I don't know, I may have to buy the new double ring AND the contemporary model that you're sending. I know I wanted the double ring with the different finish but I just don't know if I can let this one go. The more I play it the better it gets. This thing is so fat yet so alive at the same time, and it's super-easy to blow! I've been playing in the same jobbing band for the last 11 years and last night two of the guys remarked on how great I sounded. The bass player just shook his head and said "that must be one hell of a reed you've got tonight." Of course I told him I'm playing a new mouthpiece... and it's CERAMIC! It looks like the search is over for me. I only wish I would have found your mouthpieces fifteen years ago!
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what's going on. Thanks again Aaron.
Yo, Aaron! I got my mpce on Weds. night. I gigged it that evening! It is a wonderful mouthpiece! It plays easily, the intonation level is excellent, and I can utilize a range of volume from ppp to fff.
I play out of the Hawkins/Webster/Lucky Thompson school of tenorplaying, FYI. None of my colleagues noticed any difference in my sound--this made me very happy. AND--the low B and Bb come right out!
Thank you for making such a marvelous mouthpiece! I look forward to many years of happy musicmaking! All the best, Ted Casher (Boston/Providence/Newport)
Hey Aaron! My apologies for not gettin' back to ya sooner. I got the pieces on monday. absolutely killin'! I kept the one that is etched 111209 on one side and 118 on the other. That's as close to my "A" piece as anything I've played, what a great blowin' piece! Really enjoying playin' it. I'm thinkin' an alto piece is in my future. I'll be in touch, thanks for the great piece!!!!!!!
Wanted to touch base and let you know that the mouthpiece is fantastic.
Very even response in all registers....I can push it and it doesn't spread, overall a fantastic dynamic range. All registers of the horn are consistent and more in tune than any other piece I have played in the last few years.
I am completely thrilled. I look forward to putting more of your pieces on my horns!
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I wanted to let you know that I have gotten nothing but positive reviews of the mouthpiece. I have had people tell me that the sound both cuts and has a richer quality to it. My bandmates have commented how much "I sound more like me"...that is pretty cool!!! Thanks! I am wait for some pics and then I would love to give a 'for real' testimonial.....PRAISE THE DRAKE MOUTHPIECE!!!
New Testimonial (Oct 2009) by Chris Costigan
A KILLER piece man! I love it. I'll be ordering an alto and tenor...and the classical
version(s) eventually, if it is anything like the DRJ series I bet it is great. (hopefully for/by christmas)
Honestly, an amazing product. I really appreciate the attention to detail, pride, and quality that goes into your work. I have found that these qualities are very rare at a reasonable price point (hell...even at the insane price levels...)
Chris Costigan (b. 1977, Port Jefferson, NY) began playing saxophone at age nine and by twelve had decided on music as a career. He moved to Georgia in 1991 and discovered Jazz. Costigan earned degrees from Valdosta State University (Bachelor of Music in Music Education) and the University of Georgia (Master of Music in Saxophone Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance). Costigan has taught elementary, middle, and high school music and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies at Truett-McConnell College. He also teaches saxophone and clarinet as an adjunct professor at North Georgia College and State University.
Costigan's performing and/or recording credits include: Gunnison, Winslow Willard and the Lunarleaf, Parakeet Nelson, Deathray Davies, Lionz, The Cartoons, Nightfire, Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, Casper and the Cookies, Swift Earl, Bill Doss, Dave Barbe, Alex Lowe, Squat, Allen Vizzutti, The Confidentials, and numerous jazz engagements
New Testimonial Oct 2009 by Jacques Fuchs
I'm convinced you have the best modern soprano mouthpiece out there right now with your Double Ring model. I've tried them all this year from the Links (TM and STM), Selmers (HR and metal), JJ (HR thru DV), Bari, Vandoren, Morgan, and the list goes on. I had my doubts at first, but none of the others have been as responsive, in tune, low resistance, and even up and down the register as the Double Ring 7 on my YSS-62. The cost, lead time and trial period was very competitive while the communications and customer service have been second to none. I can't wait to give your new large chamber piece a try when it is released!
Thanks again and best wishes!
30+ years playing soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones"
If you want to post an e-mail address with the testimonial, it should be "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Hi Aaron ,
Just want to tell you, I love your MP's!
Both are playing great,The soprano from the first minute worked.
I love the colour of the sound !! I have all kind of
Mouthpiece's Like: 2 F.Louis ( Wood and Metal )
Old link's, Meyer,Selmer with round Chamber, more than 20 good piece.
But the Idea with Ceramic is a new sound colour to me.
What I love in this MP , has a some kind of mellow zzzzzz in the middle
and the huge dark sound behind this effect .
My best Regards
New Testimonial Oct 2009 by Jacques Fuchs
New Testimonial Oct 2009 by Jacques Fuchs
New Testimonial Oct 2009 by Jacques Fuchs
The mouthpiece arrived today. Thank you for the super fast shipment.
I just finished about an hour play testing (Vandoren ZZ#3 reed, Rovner dark lig.)
and I think I'll really like this piece. You are absolutely right about the
immediate response. Staccato notes are very clear. No more sloppy tonguing.
The horn sounded great thoughout the entire range with a nice fat tone,
and although not exactly effortless, I found this piece to be quite free-blowing.
It took me the better part of 2 weeks to adapt to the Otto Link NY
I'm certain that I'll get used to this piece in much less time.
Thanks again for the excellent mouthpiece and great service. JS
Got the mouthpiece today, in perfect condition. I have to say, I
got even more than I expected here (exactly what I expected, I
don't know exactly; I liked the clip you posted, but even more, I
was curious about a ceramic mouthpiece; I like ceramic,
generally). First, the piece is really beautiful. Second, it plays like
a demon. It's an EXCELLENT piece of work. I'm really delighted
with it. Thank you!
Best, Terry Hummer
This is a killer piece!...
Dear Mr. Drake,
"The response and intonation with the mpc amazes me!
I've collected a rather large and wide array of mpc's of the years,
but this one stands out!"
Aaron I have had the opportunity to test your ceramic tenor mouthpiece out
and I can't say enough about how great this mouthpiece is. It is a wonderful
player with impeccable intonation, comfortable to play for hours without fatigue,
good power when needed, sweet subtones. The real test was the recordings
we produced over the holidays. Normally I don't do this but I was confident
that your mouthpiece would be ideal for the recording. The silky smoothness
of the tenor line was fantastic on the recording. Everyone loved the sound that
was recorded on the tenor tracks.
Thank you and your staff for making such a fantastic mouthpiece.
I have to say at first I was a skeptic but that quickly changed.
Your mouthpiece workmanship is fantastic. My next goal is to use it
live in a small combo setting and see the peoples response from the
richness in sound this mouthpiece produces.
Thanks a million for the wonderful mouthpiece.
"I can wholeheartedly recommend Drake Mouthpieces to anyone looking for the
classic Link tenor sound, combined with a free blowing quality. I love my 7*,
it’s beautifully finished, reed friendly, and has that big sound, combined with a
lovely "buzz" and a kind of “lightness” of tone, which is the only way I can describe it.
Maybe this is to do with the material? It responds really well throughout the range.
Any concerns I had about ceramic, which was an unfamiliar idea to me, have disappeared.
A sensible price for a quality hand made mouthpiece, which is a refreshing change.
The alto piece does the business too !”
Dick Hamer, freelance player/teacher, Cardiff U.K
The mouthpiece is here, arrived today. REALLY excellent response and projection,
from the bottom up to top tones. No weak areas. Thank you very much!
Handcrafted by Aaron Drake
in the USA