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    In 2014 David commissioned Aaron to make him a custom mouthpiece that would measure up to his exacting standards and deliver winning performances; whether on stage or in the studio. The Aaron Drake David Sanborn Signature model has exceeded expectations. 

    Each Sanborn model mouthpiece is precision-milled and meticulously hand-finished to be an exact reproduction of David’s own Drake mouthpiece, which he has been performing exclusively with since 2014. 


    Design

    This Aaron Drake design was accomplished in direct consultation with David Sanborn, and influenced by several of Drake’s earlier designs. It is also inspired by some of Sanborn’s most beloved vintage mouthpieces. The result is a mouthpiece that helped to write the next chapter in Sanborn’s sound, and can now help you write your own story. 


    Process

     Each piece is hand-crafted. After milling, there is extensive hand work on the blank. The chamber, baffle and facing are all hand worked and finished to exacting tolerances. The result is a mouthpiece that offers total consistency with impeccable artistry.  


    Specifics

    The Sanborn model incorporates a three-tiered baffle design with a medium, Venturi chamber. It is available in three tip-openings: 6 (.080"), 7 (.085") and 8 (.090"). All of the mouthpiece and baffle contour ratios are adjusted for each tip opening to ensure total consistency in feel.  

    David Sanborn personally plays the number 8 tip opening.


    Sound

    The mouthpiece features a very immediate response and precise attack, with just the right amount of resistance to develop rich tonal color and allow total freedom of expression. It is exceptionally free blowing and allows the player to employ a complete range of dynamics, from the bottom to the top of the instrument. It is a powerful, projective mouthpiece, with impeccable intonation and a lush core sound. The full, rich sound presented by the Drake Sanborn Signature mouthpiece far surpasses that of other high-baffle, "power mouthpieces".  

    Each mouthpiece has a satin finished that is sterling silver plated and engraved with a unique serial number.  Limited Production.  Includes the Drake "Quad-Point" ligature, Drake Cap, Rovner Ligature, Velvet pouch, and Carry Case

    About the Drake "Quad-Point" Ligature

    The Drake “Quad Point” ligature is custom designed for the new David Sanborn mouthpiece to sit near the end of the table, Dave’s signature placement. This ligature position allows full reed fiber activation and maximizes resonance and responsiveness. The Quad Point refers to 4 touch points on the reed. Tested and approved by David Sanborn.

    David Sanborn Mouthpiece Development History

    In 2013 David invited me to meet after his concert in San Antonio Texas.  David expressed his need for a mouthpiece that could replace the mouthpiece he played for many years.  From this initial meeting I began making prototype mouthpieces for David to try, and within several months we landed on a design that David liked.  Not only liked, but a mouthpiece that could be his number one piece.  In 2014 Dave switched and began playing exclusively on his Drake mouthpiece.  

    Several years have passed since then, and now David and I have decided to offer this mouthpiece as the David Sanborn model.

    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
     
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    NEW! The Drake David Sanborn VR Masters Series Mouthpiece for Alto Saxophone 

    Background

    David Sanborn came to prominence in the 1980's and has since been a major influence on the Pop, Contemporary, Jazz, R&B and Crossover genres. His distinctive tone on the alto saxophone is unmistakable. Sanborn's sound is the reason why he is one of the most successful and prolific saxophone players of recent times.  

    David commissioned Aaron to make him a custom mouthpiece that would measure up to his exacting standards and deliver winning performances; whether on stage or in the studio. The Aaron Drake David Sanborn Signature model has exceeded expectations.

    After the successful launch of the metal version, Drake and Sanborn continued to consult, seeking the next evolution of this mouthpiece, to provide unparalleled playing comfort and new possibilities in the sound. The result is the new Sanborn VR Masters Series model.   

    Design

    This mouthpiece features a unique three-tier baffle design, with a medium, venturi chamber. It is made from Drake's proprietary Vintage Resin material, which is not available anywhere else on the market. 

    This special mouthpiece is offered in three tip-openings: 6 (.080"), 7 (.085") and 8 (.090"). David Sanborn plays the 8 tip-opening. 

    Sound

    The mouthpiece features a very immediate response and precise attack, with just the right amount of resistance to develop rich tonal color and allow total freedom of expression. It is exceptionally free blowing and allows the player to employ a complete range of dynamics, from the bottom to the top of the instrument. It is a powerful, projective mouthpiece, with impeccable intonation and a lush core sound. The full, rich sound presented by the Drake Sanborn Signature mouthpiece far surpasses that of other high-baffle, "power mouthpieces". The Vintage Resin version provides unparalleled playing comfort, incredible projection, evenness of scale and a rich spectrum of tonal characteristics. 

    "This new Vintage Resin really feels like home to me. It is an extraordinary mouthpiece, with full spectrum tone. The intonation is incredibly precise.  It is like nothing I've played before.  It is incredibly free-blowing and full. A joy to play." 

    - David Sanborn 

    Details 

    Each mouthpiece is meticulously hand crafted by Aaron Drake. Your purchase includes our innovative Drake Quad Rail Ligature - which allows the reed to vibrate with freedom for ultimate flexibility in shaping your sound.  In addition, you will also receive a Rovner L - 1M — flexible ligature. 

    Shipped with a Drake branded mouthpiece cap, plush drawstring pouch and plastic carrying case.

    Shipping

    Shipping of this mouthpiece is complimentary within the Continental USA. 

    Express International shipping is available as an option at check-out. All purchasers will be notified over email when their particular mouthpiece ships, along with any tracking information, if applicable. 

  • This mouthpiece is the product of a very special project in collaboration with the Phil Woods estate. This mouthpiece is a near identical replica of the mouthpiece that Phil Woods played for over 40 years.  The essential geometry of the mouthpiece is identical to Phil's mouthpiece, and it has the great characteristic vibe of one of the greatest alto saxophone sounds the world has ever known! There is a comfortable level of resistance balanced with a freeness and ease of play through the range of the alto.  A true experience to play and explore its potentials.
    Each Phil Woods Mouthpiece is Handcrafted by Aaron Drake and is finished with a serial number.
    Each mouthpiece includes a Drake Quad Point ligature and Drake Branded cap, velvet pouch and carry case
    These mouthpieces are designed for a "universal" ligature fitment and most standard HR Alto ligatures will fit
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
  • Drake Resonance Chamber Mouthpieces

     

    In 1990, Aaron Drake released the world’s first professional quality ceramic saxophone mouthpiece. This represents the most remarkable mouthpiece innovation in over half a century. Drake’s Resonance Chambers represent an evolutionary leap forward in the development of woodwind mouthpieces and their tonal characteristics.

    We are now offering this model with a Brass Resonance Chamber. The addition of the Brass chamber offer the harmonic overtones of brass into the sound and enhances the ease of the Altissimo register. The projection qualities are also greatly increased by the addition of the brass chamber.

    Brass Resonance Chamber Mouthpieces encapsulate an exposed brass ring into the Vintage Resin mouthpiece. The result of combining these two materials is a broader spectrum of overtones than with brass or hard rubber mouthpieces. The Brass Resonance Chamber model outweighs the corresponding standard mouthpiece by approximately 30%. This added mass creates unbelievable amounts of resonance, harmonics and projection.

    The Brass Resonance Mouthpieces offer a robust, husky tone with plenty of harmonics in the sound. It is somewhat more “spread” than the Ceramic version. It has impeccable intonation and presents consistent tonal characteristics over the entire range of the horn. This unique configuration also allows easier access to the altissimo register.

    All Drake Resonance Chamber Mouthpieces are uniquely handmade. Each piece is play-tested and balanced up to altissimo double F and beyond.

    This high baffle mouthpiece is designed for players looking for the ability to cut through and be heard, while still maintaining a balance overtone series. This model features a high baffle, lightly undercut sidewalls, with a graduated chamber transition and large chamber, similar to the Guardala Brecker I. Great for R&B, Rock and Roll, and Contemporary Jazz Fusion.   - Includes Drake Double Rail vintage resin Ligature, cap and case
    Each mouthpiece is handmade to order by Aaron Drake.
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
  • This tenor model features the essential design elements of a vintage HR Otto Link Slant with specially calibrated modifications for the modern saxophonist.  The rollover baffle and floor delivery points have been specifically designed for optimal air flow and to create a beautifully balanced overtone series.
    This mouthpiece features a slight undercutting of the side walls and a medium or large chamber.
    This is THE mouthpiece for jazz saxophonists looking for the vintage feel with a modern delivery.
    "Son of Slant" is made from our specially engineered Hybrid Vintage Resin Material, which incorporates a small amount of ceramic into the resin, this enhances the acoustic resonance while also contributing a beautiful vintage aesthetic.
    Each mouthpieces includes the Aaron Drake Vintage Resin Double Rail ligature, which has been specifically designed for this model.
    Also included: Cap, pouch, and carrying case.
    Each mouthpiece is handmade to order by Aaron Drake.
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
  • Jazz Soprano  VRJS

     

    Modeled after the Vintage "Soloist" design but with a slightly larger throat.  This model features a specially contoured rollover baffle to help you produce a balance and colorful sound.

    After many years studying the finest vintage soprano mouthpieces, we have come out with a design that incorporates the most critical elements. This model features a short rollover baffle with a lower floor slope design. These elements combined with a medium / small chamber create a powerful, round tone, balanced in overtones, with great versatility, from Jazz Quartet, to Funk and R&B.

    - Includes Drake Ring Style Ligature and cap and case
    Each mouthpiece is handmade to order by Aaron Drake.
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)

  • Drake Mouthpieces Boney James Masters Series for Tenor Saxophones

    This mouthpiece is the result of yet another winning collaboration between Aaron Drake and the world's top professional saxophone players. Boney originally contacted Aaron to request several Drake mouthpieces to try. Over time, the dialog between them grew into a custom mouthpiece project. Boney was seeking a mouthpiece that would combine the warmth and control associated with the best ebonite mouthpieces, with power and projection like a metal version. The Boney James Masters Series delivered exactly that. This mouthpiece incorporates a step baffle, a rounded baffle transition and a special reverse taper in the chamber. It allows the player a tremendous amount of projection and expressiveness while stabilizing the pitch. The unique, proprietary mouthpiece material is an industry first - incorporating ceramic with resin to achieve new levels of resonance.

    The Boney James is available for Tenor, in the following tip openings: 7*(.107"), 8 (.112"), 8* (.117"), and 9 (.122")

    Read Boney's personal endorsement of this amazing mouthpiece:

    "This is the best mouthpiece I have ever played. I am proud to have my signature on it. It gives me ultimate control over my tone. The Drake Boney James Master Series has all the projection and brightness of a metal mouthpiece but I can produce a very round and warm sound as well. It is truly a joy to play."

    - Boney James

    Boney James plays Drake Mouthpieces for Tenor, Alto and Soprano saxophones. To hear him on this mouthpiece, check out his albums, "Futuresoul" and “Honestly” on Concord Records. Each Boney James mouthpiece is handmade my master artisan Aaron Drake, and tastefully engraved with a unique serial number, Boney James' signature, and the Drake Trademark.

    Your purchase also includes a Drake Vintage Resin Double Rail ligature, Drake mouthpiece cap, plush drawstring pouch, and carry case.Shipping of this mouthpiece is complimentary within the

    This mouthpiece includes our vintage resin double rail ligature, cap, mouthpiece bag and carrying case.
    Each mouthpiece is handmade to order by Aaron Drake.
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
  • Background 

    Drake Baritone Mouthpieces feature a highly innovative chamber design to deliver the punch and projection Bari' players look for. All Drake Baritone Sax Mouthpieces incorporate the same essential chamber design, with model-specific variations in the baffle angle and floor slope. 

    The fundamental qualities of Drake Baritone models are power and versatility. You will find ease of expression across the entire line, with each model fine-tuned for different desired tonal characteristics.

     

    Design

    A medium, reverse-taper, Venturi style chamber with uniquely engineered baffle angle and floor slope. 

    Made from Drake's proprietary Vintage Resin material. Vintage Resin gives you the playing comfort and ease of response that good ebonite mouthpieces are known for, with added layers of richness and enhanced projection. Available nowhere else! 

    The Contemporary Rollover for Baritone Saxophone is available in a variety of tip openings to meet your particular needs. 

     

    Sound

    The Contemporary Rollover is the most versatile, balanced Baritone Mouthpiece in the line. 

    Drake's Baritone models offer tremendous versatility, and are suitable for a wide variety of styles from Big Band / section playing, to Straight Ahead Jazz, Blues, Funk, Pop and Contemporary.    

    Details 

    Each mouthpiece is meticulously hand crafted by Aaron Drake. Your purchase also includes a custom-fit Drake Double Rail Ligature - which allows the reed to vibrate with freedom for ultimate flexibility in shaping your sound. 

    Shipped with a Drake branded mouthpiece cap, plush drawstring velvet pouch and plastic carrying case.

     

    Shipping

    Shipping of this mouthpiece is complimentary within the Continental USA. 

    Express International shipping is available as an option at check-out. All purchasers will be notified over email when their particular mouthpiece ships, along with any tracking information, if applicable. 

  • This mouthpiece features a medium rollover baffle that transitions to a medium / large chamber and the classic tapered window design.  There is an immediate responsiveness to these mouthpieces that features a beautiful core resonance and ease of play through the entire range of the saxophone.  Each mouthpiece is hand faced and finished by master craftsman Aaron Drake. These mouthpieces are milled from brass and sterling silver plated. Each mouthpiece includes a Rovner L-3 ligature, Drake Cap, Velvet Pouch, and carry case.

    Each mouthpiece is handmade to order by Aaron Drake.
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
  • Background 

    Drake Baritone Mouthpieces feature a highly innovative chamber design to deliver the punch and projection Bari' players look for. All Drake Baritone Sax Mouthpieces incorporate the same essential chamber design, with model-specific variations in the baffle angle and floor slope. 

    The fundamental qualities of Drake Baritone models are power and versatility. You will find ease of expression across the entire line, with each model fine-tuned for different desired tonal characteristics.

     

    Design

    The backbone of the Contemporary Crossover II is still a medium, reverse-taper, Venturi style chamber, with a step baffle. However, the baffle angle is lower than that of the Crossover I.  

    Made from Drake's proprietary Vintage Resin material. Vintage Resin gives you the playing comfort and ease of response that good ebonite mouthpieces are known for, with added layers of richness and enhanced projection. Available nowhere else! 

    The Contemporary Crossover II for Baritone Saxophone is available in a variety of tip openings to meet your particular needs. 

     

    Sound

    The Contemporary Crossover II is the more focused and not as bright as the Contemporary Crossover I. The Crossover II is ideal for Straight-Ahead Jazz, Ballads, Broadway, but also fits nicely in to the R&B category. 

    Drake's Baritone models offer tremendous versatility, and are suitable for a wide variety of styles from Big Band / section playing, to Straight Ahead Jazz, Blues, Funk, Pop and Contemporary.    

     

    Details 

    Each mouthpiece is meticulously hand crafted by Aaron Drake. Your purchase also includes a custom-fit Drake Double Rail Ligature - which allows the reed to vibrate with freedom for ultimate flexibility in shaping your sound. 

    Shipped with a Drake branded mouthpiece cap, plush drawstring velvet pouch and plastic carrying case.

     

    Shipping

    Shipping of this mouthpiece is complimentary within the Continental USA. 

    Express International shipping is available as an option at check-out. All purchasers will be notified over email when their particular mouthpiece ships, along with any tracking information, if applicable. 

  • Jazz Alto

    $295.00
    Jazz Alto  VRJA You will find this model offers great projection.  The rollover baffle and carefully calculated floor slope promote an optimal projection.  Just the right amount of undercutting on the side walls with a medium chamber. - Includes Drake Ligature, cap, velvet pouch and storage case
    Each mouthpiece is handmade to order by Aaron Drake.
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
  • After a 7 year hiatus from making metal mouthpieces we are happy to announce several new models starting with the “Studio Jazz” alto model. 

    This mouthpiece is an original design which features a rollover baffle and a medium chamber.  The baffle and floor contour are specifically calibrated to offer flexibility with outstanding control and projection.   The versatility of this design enables each player to create their own sound.  Wether you are playing lead alto, R&B, or funk, you will find this mouthpiece can deliver!

    Each mouthpiece is hand faced and hand finished by master craftsman Aaron Drake. These mouthpieces are milled from brass and sterling silver plated.

    Each mouthpiece includes both a Drake Quad Point Ring ligature and a Rovner ligature, a Drake cap, 3 addition mouthpiece patches as well as a velvet pouch and carry case.  

    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
  • This mouthpiece design embodies the acoustic design characteristics of the bebop era.  Charlie Parker and Sonny Stitt immediately come to mind when you play the Bebop Classic.  Features include a rollover baffle, flat internal side walls, an elongated window and a medium chamber.  The attack is immediate and crisp, and the core sound is direct and full.  Each mouthpiece is hand crafted by Aaron Drake from our innovative Vintage Resin material and
    includes our double rail ligature, cap, mouthpiece bag and carrying case.
    Each mouthpiece is handmade to order by Aaron Drake.
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
  • Drake Resonance Chamber Mouthpieces

    In 1990, Aaron Drake released the world’s first professional quality ceramic saxophone mouthpiece. This represents the most remarkable mouthpiece innovation in over half a century. Drake’s Resonance Chambers represent an evolutionary leap forward in the development of woodwind mouthpieces and their tonal characteristics.

    Ceramic Resonance Chamber Mouthpieces incorporate Drake’s own proprietary ceramic material into the chamber of the Vintage Resin mouthpiece. This embedded ceramic “ring” is exposed inside of the mouthpiece. The resulting change to the density of the mouthpiece adds new depth and richness to the sound. The way the air travels over the ceramic material contributes to warmth and vibrancy, while maintaining a strong core fundamental tone. The round, full sound of the Ceramic Resonance Chamber Mouthpiece is consistent over the full range of the instrument. The response is instantaneous and the intonation is perfect.

    This is an excellent choice for R&B, funk, or contemporary jazz settings. Featuring a longer step type baffle, this design has great projection. 

    - Includes Drake Ligature, cap, velvet pouch and storage case 

    Each mouthpiece is handmade to order by Aaron Drake.
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
  • Jazz Tenor

    $295.00

    Jazz Tenor  VRJT

    Featuring a carefully finished rollover baffle, this model has exceptional versatility and outstanding projection capacity.  The side walls are beautifully undercut to help create a warmth and incredible presence to the tone.  The acoustic design is reminiscent of the great vintage mouthpieces of the 1960’s. - Includes Drake Ligature, cap, velvet pouch and storage case
    Each mouthpiece is handmade to order by Aaron Drake.
    You will receive an email with delivery information when your mouthpiece ships.
    Shipping is free in the Continental US.
    USPS Express International shipping is $65.00 (added at check out)
     

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