David Sanborn, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, Pete Chrislieb, Phil Woods and Boney James

  • The Boney James Masters Series Mouthpiece "This is the best mouthpiece I have ever had, so I am proud to put my name on it. It has really been a game changer for me in terms of the control I have over my tone. The Drake Boney James Master Series piece has all the projection and brightness of my metal mouthpiece but I can get a very round and warm sound as well. It is really a joy to play!" Boney James Hear Boney on this mouthpiece on his album "Futuresoul" - he also plays Drake Mouthpieces on Alto (Contemporary 7) and Soprano (New Era .065") This model is the result of several years of collaboration between mouthpiece maker Aaron Drake and Boney James.  Boney had contacted me a few years back to try several models.  Over time and many prototype versions we arrived at this unique and innovative design.  The mouthpiece incorporates a step baffle and a rounded baffle transition with a special reverse taper chamber design.  It allows the player a tremendous amount of projection and expressiveness while still remaining very stable pitch wise.  Boney had always played metal mouthpieces prior to our arriving at this new design. The material is also very special and is unique to Drake mouthpieces.  It is a material engineered by Drake mouthpieces and is the first of its kind to incorporate ceramic with resin to achieve a highly resonant density property. 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)
  • Introducing the Eddie Daniels “La Voce” - a new model for Tenor.  A clear, focused, and flexible tonal quality is the result of this original acoustic design.   Exceptional control and responsiveness with great projection and the versatility to play any style of music. This is a rollover baffle design with a unique floor contour and medium chamber.

    “My sound is about my voice......not only that, but the sound is my voice.  So...the “La Voce” mouthpiece is, or enables the sound to become my voice. I think it has the flexibility to become your personal voice...with the closer facing for more subtle qualities and

    the larger tip opening for balls to the wall.  Try it!! You will like it!” - Eddie Daniels

    Includes Drake Double Rail Ligature, Cap, Pouch 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 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)
  • The New Bergonzi "Slant" Model This new model is a result of a long time collaboration between Jerry Bergonzi and Aaron Drake. The Bergonzi "Slant" is a medium / large chamber rollover baffle design.  This model offers the player a balanced feel and more power / projection. It differs from our Bergonzi "EB" model, in that it has different floor and baffle calibrations. The overall tone quality is slightly more focused than our Bergonzi "EB" model. We are currently offering this model in 8 (.110") and 7* (.105") tip opening only, with plans to offer a complete range of other openings soon. Includes - Drake 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)
  • The Eddie Daniels "Open Secret" Master Series Tenor mouthpiece is the result of a collaboration betweeen Eddie and Aaron Drake.  The design of this piece features a rollover baffle transitioning to a medium / large chamber with a moderate amount of under cutting on the side walls. This mouthpiece is designed for players who prefer a closer, more manageable tip opening.  The facing is specially calibrated to offer the player the greatest ease and comfort, while facilitating a colorful and expressive range of possibilities. The open secret being that "Beautiful, centered, flexible sound is "best" made with a close, easy to play mouthpiece." Eddie Daniels Includes Drake Double Rail 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)
  • “When I listen to all my favorite recordings of Saxophone players, the sound is in front of the band like a vocalist would be, having great presence to hear all the nuances in the sound.  That’s why I like the “Power Resonance” mouthpiece as it gives that type if presence.” - Jerry

    The Bergonzi "Power Resonance" Model features a rollover baffle contour - identical to the Bergonzi "EB" model - with a raised floor contour which gives the piece greater projection without being bright.

    Includes - Drake Double Rail Ligature, Cap, Pouch 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 model has been developed through a close collaboration between Aaron Drake and Jerry Bergonzi.  It has taken over two years to refine the various design elements incorporated in this model.  The fundamental design is based on Jerry's personal Early Babbit "EB".  The classic "crescent" shaped baffle transitions to a recalibrated floor contour and ultimately a round large chamber.  The tip and side rails are finished to the exact specifications that Jerry prefers - this slightly wider contour helps to generate a thickness and stability in the sound and attack.

    "What I look for in a mouthpiece is the ability to shape the sound that I hear in my head with the ease of articulation. Drake's mouthpieces do that for me" Jerry Bergonzi Includes - Drake ligature, cap, bag 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 model is based on the very same "Bullet Chamber" design that Pete Christleib has played for over 50 years.  The specially calibrated baffle is contoured to create an "aliveness" to the sound that is even through all the registers.  The addition of the long silver plated banding on the shank helps to focus the core vibrational frequencies and generates greater projection. “For a guy who has played on the same mouthpiece for 54 years, my new Aaron Drake recreation is incredibly accurate.  The .120” is my favorite.” Pete Christlieb Includes 2 screw metal 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)
  • 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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